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abandoned military base 05



An abandoned military base of unreal proportions in mid-east Minnesota ... this was a base of astronomical proportions that was completely abandoned half way through the construction phase

It’s not always cool to go back there, and sometimes people get chased out by people with guns, but I'm doing my best to photograph as much of it as I can

It was started sometime in the 1940’s and the abrupt end of WWII just made it obsolete before it even got off the ground

This is the weird part … this base was to be used as an experimental project to communicate with submarines … they were doing this by sending signals through the earth and all the way to the Pacific and Atlantic ocean – and Minnesota (right in the middle of the North American continent was the best way to do it because of the way the fault lines and crust/mantle strata are in this part of the world)

This is the last place I would expect a submarine communications base to be, but that’s the truth

It has now been donated to the University of Minnesota for agriculture experiments and other unknown projects

The scale of the buildings and structures are just mind blowing … I can't even imagine the millions of dollars that went into procuring the land and building all of these SUPER heavy duty concrete superstructures

Shortly after it was abandoned, the Navy used it as a targeting range and blew up a lot of the buildings that were brand new – never even been used. What a waste … now all that are left are a few derelict structures like this one, several large refinery type buildings with gigantic smoke stacks and seemingly endless rows upon rows of huge concrete ‘targets’ that weren’t ever used

It’s fun to cruise around back there, sometimes there are still military vehicles doing training, but for the most part, it’s just the UofM agriculture department experiments

Anyways, cool stuff to shoot – I’ll be back soon to revisit it and get some more shots … this time it was almost dusk, so I didn’t have nearly as much time as I would have liked


Anyone is welcome to use this as a stock photo, but please comment on this page with a link to the deviation and mention where you got the stock from too

If you want to use this as stock for a print, or something that you are trying to make money with, more power to you and good luck ... no restrictions for anything like that

Thanks, and have fun with it :fart::slyfart:

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Image size
3008x2000px 2.57 MB
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Focal Length
16 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 31, 2007, 8:40:07 PM
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w-p's avatar
interesting construction it has