RailPictures.Net Photo: BNSF 6316 BNSF Railway GE ES44AC at Edgemont, South Dakota by Jason Cary
 
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BNSF Railway (more..)
GE ES44AC (more..)
Fort Igloo (more..)
Edgemont, South Dakota, USA (more..)
September, 2020
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
BNSF 6316 (more..)
Unknown
Jason Cary (more..)
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Fort Igloo The bridge with the flaking bright orange paint from which I took this photo was the main entrance to Fort Igloo. In the early 1940s prior to Pearl Harbor it was almost inevitable the United States would become involved in the world conflict. The US Military needed a place to build munitions far from the coasts that would be safe from axis bombing. This remote section of the high plains next to the CB&Q was selected as the site of one of the largest munitions factories ever built in the USA. Named Fort Igloo for the numerous igloo shaped bomb bunkers that would store munitions that armed planes ships and tanks for the invasion of Europe, the war in the pacific, Korea and the first shots of the Vietnam. In the upper right of the photo you can see two large stacks that were part of the main munitions factory and a trestle that carried a branch line into facility where shells could be loaded onto end-less lines of boxcars. The bridge itself was the main entrance to the now Ghost Town where the workers lived that built the bombs. The town was a few miles away from the plant incase of a accidental explosion. The odd orange paint on the bridge Im guessing was some sort of surplus military color when it was last painted.
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