Bureau of Mines

This was the former US Dept. of the Interior Bureau of Mines research center near the MSP airport. A popular exploration spot and grafitti playground due to its proximity to parking and walking trails, its easy access, and relatively lazy security. It's also been popular with scrappers and with military training programs. Technically this site was once part of Fort Snelling military property, and the grounds also contained the natural spring which once supplied water to Fort Snelling (and is important to local native peoples). For some time the property was in an odd state of quasi-public access, the public were allowed onto the grounds to visit the spring, but park authorities somehow hoped to keep the public out of the buildings (despite most of the doors and windows being broken open). Nowadays it's just a park.

Some exterior photos of the main building. There were several smaller buildings on-site as well.

Some of the more interesting laboratory and test areas inside.

Some support areas included offices, machine shops, maintenance areas, and the usual "extras" of any large building.

Science has proven that sandstone kills drill bits. We could have told them that!


Blueprint of a Nike missile site that the BOM took ownership of, and used as a test facility.

Be sure to sign the guestbook so the cops know who was here!

More information:
Government Affairs commentary on the BOM program: http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis105/tpgusbm.html
Archeological Inventory: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6c836d0a3b3d6346328d36a8c6332175&tab=core&_cview=1
Strib article on demolition: http://www.startribune.com/local/132416643.html?refer=y
Parks Dept. documents including EIS: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?parkID=150&projectID=11443

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