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Aug 9, 2014 - Philip SD – Circle 10 Campground

Leaving Nebraska, we headed up to South Dakota to see the Badlands National park and the Minuteman Missile National monument. It was the last week of the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, so there were bikers all over the place. Rog counted 400 motorcycles in one 10-mile stretch of Interstate 90. We knew it would be a busy time in South Dakota, but we were able to do whatever we wanted to do without any problems. Case in point, we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to get spaces on a tour of the underground launch control center because of the...

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Retired at Last!

Oct 14, 2008 - Minuteman Missile NHS, Philip, SD

Do you remember the bomb shelters of the 50’s? Well the Minuteman Missile was protecting us. Just off I-80 in the plains of SD is one of the Minuteman Missile sites. It is “hidden” in plain site. The Minuteman I and II could be deployed from unstaffed underground silos, lunched by crews stationed miles away, travel over the North Pole, and arrive at a target in 30 minutes.

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Oct 13, 2008 - Prairie Homestead, Philip, SD

The Brown’s prairie homestead is the original home. Few homes have survived and it is an excellent example of sod homes dug into the ground against hills due to the lack of building material. The amended Homestead Act of 1900 allowed a homesteader to pay 50cents for 160 acres and only have to plow 5 acres for crops. After 18 months he owned the land. Because of the harsh area only about eight cows could survive on 160 acres. Many sodbusters went broke. The present land hold has cultivated a very unusual village of “white” prairie dogs. He...

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