The Abandoned Pyramid of North Dakota

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It looks like the remains of some futuristic cult. This slowly-eroding cement pyramid in Nekoma, North Dakota is all that's left of a $6 billion nuclear launch facility created as part of the Safeguard Program.

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The pyramid itself was a radar system for tracking any incoming Soviet missiles that might be coming in over Canada. Silos containing surface-to-air missiles studded the grounds of the facility, ready to deliver their payloads to enemies of the U.S. during the Cold War. A huge maze of tunnels snaked beneath the surface of the ground.

The facility itself, designed by Bell Labs and Western Electric for the U.S. Army, was only operational for three days in 1975. It was shut down hastily over concerns about safety, and its tunnels were flooded.

When future archaeologists discover it, who knows what they'll think we used it for?

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When future archaeologists discover it, who knows what they'll think we used it for?

"Perhaps therefore it is a mistake to overstate the monument's spiritual significance. Certainly the area had been of importance prior to its construction, but it had become more than that - Stonehenge was a clock, a clock that foretold the time not only of the solstices but perhaps also of sun and lunar eclipses. This is not to say, however, that the priests did not utilise this very functionalism for religious importance - he or she who could announce or predict the return of the growing season would have wielded great power."