In the last day or so a story about the proposed construction of a pyramid (bigger than the Luxor, Las Vegas) in Williston, North Dakota by a Georgia firm (Camp and Associates) has gained increased attention (The Fargo Forum reports on it here). I hope everything works out a-okay on this project, and it appears local city planners and officials in Williston are generating questions for Camp and Associates. It’s important to be plugged in.
The proposed pyramid in Williston got me thinking about another pyramid on the northern Great Plains, this built during some understandably paranoid Cold War times in world history. That pyramid, the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex just north of Nekoma, North Dakota (or not too far south of Langdon, ND), stands as an artifact of the great struggle between the USSR and the US, or as we used to more broadly say, The West.
In Nekoma, I remember a local tavern that with the name, “The Pain Reliever,” or the equivalent, and it reflects a social-psyche from a period in world history when one had to learn how to not only live with but also love the bomb — embracing what one cannot control, or the absurd, is crucial to that.
Below are a couple photos of the safeguard complex from early spring 2012. Today wind turbines surround the SRM Safeguard Complex. When walking around the SRM Safeguard Complex pyramid (at least when I did some years back for an archaeological investigation and inventory), a thought that ran through my brain was the juxtaposition of architecture: the potential for 20th century global nuclear holocaust symbolized by the SRM Safeguard Complex, this in contrast to the green and renewable energy wind turbines of the 21st century. Pyramids aren’t just for Ancient Aztec and Egyptian civilizations…