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One of Many Abandoned Condos, St.Marie/Glasgow AFB MT

Home of the Adventurous is probably the perfect slogan for this place. When I begin to write something down about this place I honestly don't know where to begin. So I guess I should start by saying that almost everything you will be seeing int hese photos is abandoned. This is a former cold war air force base that was basically left to rot by the government after less than 10 years of use. There are a few families that live in the condos still, but I would say 90 or more percent of these homes are empty. The schools are decaying, as is the hospital and all other buildings except those owned by Boeing. Boeing owns the runway and uses it for test purposes. And instead of moving their employees into the empty condos they set up manufactured homes for them.

The weather in Saint Marie is especially brutal, terribly hot dry summers and fierce awful winters. Saint Marie is like an island of condos and abandoned buildings in a great sea of prairie--nothing else is around it for miles and miles. It is true desolation. And when you drive the broken streets and see the condos with those big windows looking at you like empty eyes it is like you are in another world entirely. Then you see the signs set up by Boeing saying not to go any further and that essentially they are watching you--it's like something from a movie. I encourage you to look up other people's photos of Saint Marie and the things you will see will haunt you. Operating tables and beds left up in the hospital. Robes left hanging in the church. Everyone just walked away one day and this is what remains. If you are especially adventurous you can move here--the condos are a steal. A beautiful one fully furnished just sold for 30,000 dollars and there are others for much less than that.

 

Here are videos I took while exploring Saint Marie:

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrRJCKiXAW8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiY1O0rBhu0

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNtke7q9aYk

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6rmeK7KYBk

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yy00FTiwvk

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZL-NyrcBrg

 

If any of you are as fascinated with this place as I am I have compiled a list of other websites where you can see old and new photos of this place, as well as real estate listings for condos that are for sale:

 

www.city-data.com/forum/montana/152625-glasgow-montana-re...

 

stmariecondoassn.tripod.com/stmarie/smstuff.html

 

www.radomes.org/museum/thumbs.php?site=Opheim+AFS,+MT

 

www.airfields-freeman.com/MT/Airfields_MT_E.html

 

stmariecondoassn.tripod.com/

 

www.flickr.com/photos/walkaboutwolf/94704293/

 

CONDO INFO

 

www.northwest-national.com/glasgow_montana_recreational.htm

 

www.missouririverrealty.com/st. marie.htm

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Taken on October 21, 2010