Sunday, July 12, 2009
F.E. Warren Air Force Base
We are camped at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. This is an interesting destination in itself. The base includes the former Army Fort D.A. Russell which was established in 1864 to protect the crews building the railroad, from the Native Americans. Many of the buildings, including a number of the housing units, date from Army Fort days with the first permanent houses being built in 1885 and the latest of the historic homes being completed in 1909. The base has a peaceful and historic feel that belies its very deadly purpose. Even the newer buildings are in the old style. The base has a large heard of antelope that wander where they please. They can be seen virtually everywhere.
The Air base was the first of the cold war Missile bases with nuclear war heads. Today, the base maintains its readiness and has missiles poised to launch at anytime with a range of 12,500 miles. It is definitely camping in the center of a bull’s-eye.
The grounds include Wyoming grasslands as far as the eye can see. We are camped near a creek that excavations show was used by Native Americans for thousands of years before the white man arrived.