The federal government is quietly trying to unload an abandoned Cold War-era North Dakota missile base about 50 miles from the Minnesota border, the Grand Forks Herald reports.
An online auction is soliciting bids. Minimum required: $20,000.
The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex and its four remote missile silos are being sold an "as-is," and it's a bit of a fixer-upper – about 420,000 gallons of groundwater has seeped into the underground silos. (Cleanup: about $6 million.)
Want to go give it a look? Tours are available, but limited given all that water, the auction site says. The site has 431 acres with various buildings totaling 258,441 square feet, the government says.
There's been some interest in the site already. The Cavalier County Job Development Authority has developed plans to buy the complex and turn it into an unmanned aircraft research center, but the group is proceeding with caution, given the site's drawbacks, the AP noted.
According to the U.S. General Services Administration auction site, the complex became operational in 1975 and was deactivated in 1976. The "second-strike" facility once held up to 100 missiles designed to shoot down incoming Soviet missiles during the Cold War.