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Minimal Concrete City for Sale: Serious Interested Parties Only!

Author: • Sep 30th, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, Ballardosphere, Borges, gated communities, micronations, WWII

Ballardian: Abandoned Missile Base

Traven stumbled into a set of tracks left years earlier by a large caterpillar vehicle. The heat released by the weapons tests had fused the sand, and the double line of fossil imprints, uncovered by the evening air, wound its serpentine way among the hollows like the footfalls of an ancient saurian.

One question in particular intrigued him: ‘What sort of people would inhabit this minimal concrete city?’

J.G. Ballard. ‘The Terminal Beach’ (1964)



Titan 1 Missile Base

Terms: $300,000 down; Balance @ 7% interest only; 3 year balloon

Contact: Bari Hotchkiss
(949) 842-9479; bahotchkiss@yahoo.com


This is an an opportunity just too tempting to pass up for the the serious Ballardian. Who wants to form a consortium with me and buy this place? We could start up our own micronation, a zone of transit in which our only allegiance is to the sovereignty of our imagination. We could commune with the ghosts of dead airmen. Or explore our recombinant identities in the blinding afterflash of the nuclear sun. The possibilities are endless.

Following on from BLDGBLOG’s Container City proposal, BLDGBLOG itself could inhabit one of the Tall Missile Silos, exploring the potential for vertical living. Pippa and David could transform another silo, running a Ballardian artists’ colony to further fuel their obsession with the thermonuclear noon. Mountain*7 could also take a silo, building exact scale models of the insides of their heads.

k-punk could generate a cognitive map of the Antenna Silos, deriving hauntological pleasure from ghosted transmissions. I’ll take a silo, too, where I’ll maintain a harem of crash-test dummies. Splinters could maximise another silo, using its entire length to teach the rest of us how to scuba dive into the subconscious. In another silo, Jeannette Baxter could set up an Academy of Inner Space. Ben Noys and John Carter Wood could use a silo to explore the transgression of violence in a controlled environment. And Rick McGrath could use the remaining silo to store his enormous collection of Ballard first editions.

Unit 15 could set up shop in the Control Dome building, constructing chronograms and scale models of urban ruination. Peromyscus could take the Air Intake/Filtration Building, the ideal environment in which to perfect its terrifying alien hybrid that thrives in dank, enclosed spaces. Mike Bonsall could take over the Fuel Terminal Buildings, further exploring the bizarre ley lines that energise his obsessions.

Architectures of Control, I’m sure, would be right at home in the Entry Portal Building, exploring the regulatory forcefields that ensure one could never leave. The Building could also house Reality Studio, who could use it to store their massive tanks of Mugwump jism. Another floor could be given over to Tim Chapman, from where he could launch a campaign to vigorously oppose its re-development. things magazine could take another floor, to house its bizarre collection of nick nacks and curios. Rick Poynor and feuilleton could occupy a floor, designing posters to advertise the coming apocalypse. Sit Down, Man… could take the remaining floor, lost in Cold War modernist bliss.

And No Fear of the Future could completely re-energise the Equipment Terminal Buildings, turning them into hyperactive film studios that churn out endless episodes of the Love Boat starring Borges and General Noriega.


Must submit offer with $10,000 earnest money deposit into escrow subject to inspection.
Courtesy to Brokers.


Ballardian: Abandoned Missile Base

The Missile Base Infrastructure

The Missile Base consists of 57 acres of real estate. The center secured portion of the property is protected by the original barbed-wire-topped chainlink fence. There is a paved road leading into the property with dual entry gates. Above ground is the original 40 X 100 shop building, two concrete targeting structures, two manufactured homes, two 8 X 8 X 40 storage containers, and the silo tops of the three missile silos, two antenna silos, one entry portal and a few other misc structures.

Below ground is a huge complex consisting of 16 buildings and thousands of feet of connecting tunnels. The major underground structures are:

Three – 160′ Tall Missile Silos
Three – 4 story Equipment Terminal Buildings
Three – Fuel Terminal Buildings
Two – 6 story Antenna Silos
One Air Intake/Filtration Building
One 100′ diameter Control Dome Building
One 125′ diameter Power Dome Building
One – 6 story Entry Portal Building

…and a few other misc buildings and areas.


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Ballardian: Abandoned Missile Base

When Ed and Dianna Peden first saw the former Atlas E missile site in 1980, it was flooded in 8-1/2 feet of water and had been abandoned since the 1960s. Peden couldn’t keep his mind off the facility. The 40 acres of land, the history of the site and the large interior space all appealed to him. In 1994, the Peden’s bought the land and the 15,000-square-foot site and moved right in. Originally built to withstand a nuclear attack makes this facility a perfect home for a home located in tornado-prone Kansas.

..:: More here

[ thanks, Lyle ]



Ballardian: Abandoned Missile Base

Thanks for your interests in our unique underground properties. Built at a cost of millions, these heavily reinforced historic structures were designed to withstand nuclear attack. They bring new meaning to the word “shelter”. Centuries from now they will remain. Very few of these first generation missile sites were built. All other sites decommissioned after 1965 are being destroyed to conform to international treaty agreements. No more structures of this size and strength are being built. Most of these properties are rough after 30 years of neglect, but with some clean up and reconstruction inside, their grandeur is restored.

We have now sold 27 of these properties to excited owners that plan to refurbish and use them for various personal and commercial purposes. Because the availability of these properties is limited, we see them as an investment sure to grow in value. These properties are selling fast and we are finding it difficult to find others available for sale. These historic defense structures are the castles of this 20th Century. If you want to know more about the properties we have for sale please contact us. We can provide more detailed information and drawings of the Atlas-E, Atlas-F, and Titan 1 sites, plus the listing information and locations of specific sites we have for sale.

Thanks again for your interest,

Edward Peden, 20th Century Castles

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[ thanks, Chris ]

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  1. ‘from where he could launch a campaign to vigorously oppose its re-development’
    Bah, you make me sound like some kind of reactionary curmudgeon, Simon! A curmudgeon perhaps, a reactionary never.

    Anyway, I couldn’t possibly move that far from Yorkshire. But if Fylingdales ever came on the market…

  2. Tempting, tempting… considering the zillions they must have cost to build, $1.5 million seems rather cheap, considering all you get. Now, where to find a missle?

  3. Interesting watching the products of the Cold War go the way of the Martello tower and the WW2 pillbox.

    The silos remind me of Michael Heizer’s vast (and still unfinished) City art project/sculpture/obsession which is certainly a match for the idée fixes of some of Ballard’s characters. When it’s finished (2010 supposedly) he should employ somebody to wander round the place in a ruined pilot’s outfit, drawing spirals in the desert sand.

  4. “When it’s finished (2010 supposedly) he should employ somebody to wander round the place in a ruined pilot’s outfit, drawing spirals in the desert sand.”

    Which Ballard story is this a reference to?

  5. it’s alright tim — i’m cavorting with plastic mannequins. you come up smelling of roses in comparison.

  6. The spirals might refer to the famous “Spiral Jetty” by Robert Smithson. It’s a gigantic earthen coil which uncurls counterclockwise into the Great Salt Lake, presently discoloured with red algae. Surreal. Smithson apparently was inspired by Ballard to create the piece.

  7. 20th Century Castles. An idea whose time has come – and gone. I’m in. How much money down again?

  8. My only regret would be that inhabiting such a space might make reading Ballard superfluous.

  9. “Which Ballard story is this a reference to?”

    It should probably be mysterious ideograms à la The Voices of Time. But I was half-thinking of Sam Scoggins’ Unlimited Dream Company film which has someone in a ragged flying suit drawing a huge spiral on a beach. As it happens I flicked past a picture of Smithson’s Spiral Jetty when looking for a Heizer reference.

    Thanks to Google Maps we can now spy on Heizer’s work even though we’re not allowed to visit it:


  10. Hello, have a look for ‘subterranea britannica’ or ‘mike catford’. you probably know this already but, this gives quite a comprehensive list of all the underground missile and bunker sites around the country, and you can do a postcode search for your nearest! I found this really useful searching for buildings to draw/paint.

  11. Mark, what a fascinating website that is — many thanks for the link.

  12. Can anyone say ASBESTOS!!!! Have fun cleaning all of that out.

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