Missiles? What Missiles?

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Buffalo, Industrial, Military, Niagara, Underground

My friend came in from Ithaca this weekend for some exploring, and after some Friday night drinking and draining (making use of his crow-wrench tire iron that I took by mistake almost six years ago and *still* forgot to return), we thought we should try some new places out in Niagara Falls, see if we could find a “missile silo” someone posted on UER about a month ago. It didn’t go according to plan at all, we went around in circles looking for it, found a few fenced off vacant lots, and finally something that looked like a plausible base.

I think there were missiles under here at one time (back in the 60s, at the latest). Unfortunately, all that’s left is about a 10 foot drop into stagnant mosquito water. No missiles, and no structures solid enough to explore down there.

At least there was a shed to explore? A serious waste of effort is all this was.

So we continued on to Niagara Falls, and went to one of our old favorite spots instead, the Tesla power plant.

We climbed to the top, but there wasn’t much of any view out the window.

And someone had been using it as an epic paintball field.

There are certain ingredients which are, whether we try or not, absolutely integral parts of our adventures. Along with the tire iron, there’s the inevitable car trouble, getting a special kind of lost, attempts to sing along to “Ásilos Magdalenas” with more passion than vocal range, and our life-long frenemy Mother Nature always trying to fuck shit up on us yet again. This time, on a beautiful May afternoon, we saw Her wrath in the form of a thick, sopping fog in Buffalo’s main drain that prevented any possible photos that didn’t look like this:

But, before we left, the steam cleared out, and we cooked up a piece of pi.

Fuck Mighty Taco.

Air Force 763

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Concrete, Military, Niagara

A relic from the age of missiles, AFRS (Air Force Radio Station) Cambria was the command center for the Niagara region’s rocket program. While not a launch site itself, Cambria was still the largest of the bases, with barracks for the entire 763rd who served around Niagara county, a school, a gym and drill building, a computer center, and a (very) hardened bunker, the only building on base we couldn’t get in. Inexplicably, the main road through the base is a Unicorn Drive; this probably had some military significance at the time, but now it’s a weird aside.

The Fightin’ 763d
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The gym; I wonder why the apartment complex that sprung up from the barracks didn’t make use of it?
Basketball

Military precision required every specification to be spelled out specifically and thoroughly and precisely.
BOTH

There is a sign on EVERYTHING. Even when it is absolutely wrong.
Signs

The closest thing we could find to a bunker

I’m glad I didn’t work in IT here

The bunker building as it must have looked at one time. This mural is hiding in the dark in the server room…