This is an abandoned relic of the cold war… one of many Nike nuclear missile sites scattered on the perimeter of Miami, Florida to protect against the Soviet threat from Cuba. For years this place, west of Miami on Krome avenue, was used for paintball and by graffiti artists; it’s now tightly locked down and under video surveillance.
Originally built in the late 1950’s, this site was active until the mid 70’s, and became known in urban culture as the “asylum.” Trespassing kids didn’t know the history of the place. Actually no one really did until two years ago when the National Park Service started offering tours of the main missile facility 50 miles south of here in Everglades National Park. And to this day surprisingly little is known about the entire Nike program except for the disturbing fact that more frequently than once a week for over 20 years jets were scrambled and missiles were readied to the brink of firing.
To the residents of Miami, it was thought that this was a secret insane asylum that had been abandoned; perhaps, in a sense, they were correct.
Canon 5D, Tamron 28-300 VC lens, 3 exposures: f18,11,16, ISO 400, processed in Aperture/Photomatix