The Cavalier County Job Development Authority (JDA), along with Executive Director Shannon Duerr, have completed and launched a virtual tour of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Missile Complex in Nekoma.
By Lisa Nowatzki
According to Duerr, the Virtual Reality (VR) tour went live on Nov. 15 and is free to everyone. If anyone has ever wondered what treasure lay buried in the pyramid at Nekoma, the answer is just a click away.
Duerr said that her office is very excited about the VR tour. Instruction packets can be found at the JDA office and other places around Langdon. To enjoy the VR experience, all you need is a pair of VR googles for your smart phone.
If someone wants to take the tour but not purchase the VR headgear, an anonymous patron donated a pair to the Cavalier County Library in Langdon along with an instruction packet. Duerr said that VR headsets are fairly cheap and can be purchased at Walmart or Amazon for under twenty dollars.
The company that took the pictures also helped set-up the website. Matt Chaussee, CEO of Be More Colorful, took numerous photographs and incorporated older photos into the virtual tour.
The website is self-explanatory, but here are some of the instructions included in the information packet in Duerr’s office and at the library.
First, on your phone, go to the website: www.ccjda.org/tour.htm. Then click on the bottom link that reads: To access tour, click here. Select “GOT IT!” under the orange hand. Click the UP arrow at the bottom of the screen.
Next, click the set of VR glasses on the bottom menu. After you click the VR glasses, the phone screen will split into two identical views. Turn the phone horizontal and align the two photos with the two round holes in the VR viewer. There is a vertical line that needs to match up with the phone and the headset. Close the headset and begin your tour.
Moving around takes a little practice. To move to the next photo look at the grey link box at the bottom of each photo. You can also activate other photos and views by using the black dot in the middle of the screen. That is it. Enjoy the tour!
Duerr has heard some positive comments from quite a few people in the community and wants to hear feedback from others who take the tour. Duerr also stated, “As more photos of the site come in, they will be added to the tour.”
3-D is not the only way to view the photos of the site. By going to the JDA website, you can also view the photos without the 3-D elements.
What’s next for Duerr and the JDA? Duerr said that she is working on some grant proposals, but she is most excited about a possible documentary produced about the Stanley R. Mickelsen Missile Site. As always, the project is totally dependent on funding.