Another great story – I drive past the site in Elroy all the time. Rumor from people who have lived in that neighborhood for decades say there was a tunnel that ran from the Control Site across the road from the missile site, all the way to Bergstrom. I’ve never found any confirmation of this but I’ve heard from at least three different people, Vintage Proud Army Husband With American Flag Gift Veteran T-Shirt one whoms dad worked at Bergstrom but lived outside of Elroy near the missile site. Thanks that’s a very interesting tidbit about the possible tunnel. In one of these older articles, probably one from before construction, there was a single mention about Bergstrom being an alternate control station for the Elroy site.
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I don’t know this for sure, but maybe it’s possible there was a small hardened utility tunnel of some kind to either carry coaxial and telephone wiring west? or who knows maybe it was for people to go between the launch and control facility but that doesn’t make much sense as traffic Vintage Proud Army Husband With American Flag Gift Veteran T-Shirt never been that bad on that road until recently if ever. You’re right, that doesn’t make much sense. They’d just block off the road. If they were really concerned about it, they’d just build a road from the control facility to the launch site and put a bridge or underpass where they cross Mesa drive. Remember that the launch site wasn’t particularly hardened anyway. If the bad guys were close enough to control the road, they’d just blow up the missile launchers on the ground.
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They didn’t even build silos for the missiles, they were above ground. I doubt they even had a human-sized tunnel the half mile from the control buildings to the launchers at the site in Elroy. Maybe some buried conduit. It’s easy to understand how such rumors got started. Vintage Proud Army Husband With American Flag Gift Veteran T-Shirt That was during the scifi days when people believed that an evil genius could build some kind of tunneling vehicle that can cruise through the ground like a submarine. Since then, we’ve built enough tunnel boring machines to realize that it ain’t that simple. In particular, you can’t just force yourself through the ground, leaving a tunnel, you’ve got to haul a LOT of dirt out and dispose of it somewhere.