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

The Dustmobile Diaries


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.


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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