Saturday, August 27, 2016

3...2...1...Launch

I know it has been a while since I have last posted, but that doesn't mean I haven't been out and about! Took a week long trip through Utah, Nevada and California in search of abandoned places and hauntings(and a couple nights in Vegas to top it off!). Must say, the trip was well worth it and much needed. Here is one location my crew and I hit up on said trip: 

Green River Launch Complex

Located near Green River, UT, this Cold War era abandoned military base was a subinstallation of the White Sands Missile Range in NM. This complex was used by the USAF and US Army for rocket testing, firing both the Pershing and Athena missiles fitted with subscale warheads for impact at the New Mexico range. 

During it's course of operation from 1964 to 1975, there were 244 missile launches, including 141 launches of the Athena missiles. 

The site was built in 1963, and the first Athena launch took place on February 10, 1964. The last Athena was launched in 1971, and in 1975, a Pershing missile was the last that would be launched from this facility. The site became inactive in 1979, and was deactivated in 1983. 

With over 11,000 acres of property and 37 buildings still standing(as of a 2014 survey), we barely scratched the surface of all that this place holds in our short time there exploring. An incredible place, and I can't wait to return.