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From my new blog, The Dustmobile Diaries. Check it out!

The Dustmobile Diaries

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Yes, but the whole point of the doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret! Why didn’t you tell the world?

– Dr. Strangelove

On the north side of one of the many gravel “mile roads” crisscrossing Bates County, Missouri, this simple run-down shack sits unobtrusively, fooling passersby into assuming it is just another farm building. In truth, it is so much more than that: it is a relic of a time of great fear and uncertainty, a time when global civilization stared into the face of mutual assured destruction. Inside the walls of this plain structure, the fate of the world once hung in the balance.

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Welcome to “George’s,” otherwise known as Launch Control Facility K-1. From the early 1960s to the mid-1990s, K-1 and its eastern counterpart, J-1 (just off State Route W, near Rockville), part of the 351st Strategic Missile Wing out of Whiteman AFB…

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