Today as I drove my kids N from Cheyenne headed towards the Blackhills for summer vacation, I noticed a LF just E of I-25 about 25 miles N of FEW. It was close close enough to I-25 to exit and go look at. I noticed it because of the IPDMSS (hope I'm close). I figured I was going to show my kids a well maintained, active LF, but my first clue that I was wrong was the commercial power was disconnected, and there were no signs about deadly force etc, and the anode system box was missing. I was puzzled because I thought all MM facilities were either destroyed after the SALT and START treaties or they were in use. But on the back way to Tarrington, we passed by 3 more LFs (one with S-7 sign) and one boarded up but not destroyed LCF (with a commercial tower and antennas).
Being a retired Army Corps of Engineer officer I was intrigued to see the facilities present but somewhat worse for the wear. Can anyone shed some light on these LCFs and LFs and why they weren't destroyed, but all have no power and the above ground anode system was removed/destroyed.
I'm headed to the NPS Minuteman Missile site near Wounded Knee to see the rest of the Ellsworth story.