Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Tensions exploded between military and political powers in the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War. It's a little known fact that the Northland was smack dab in the middle of it all.
At the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center you travel back in time to an era where war wasn't about hand to hand combat, but rather about fighting for the hearts and minds of people.
A war over distrust between governments.
"It's a pretty fascinating subject and it's vast," said the executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, Bob Furhman.
So vast, the Northland found itself in the middle of it all. Geographically, there was no choice.
"That's essentially what the twin ports were on during the early part of the Cold War, the front lines," Furhman said. "The major threat was from the Russian bombers coming over the North Pole."
From the faces of the men and women on the home front and those deployed to the drills, like duck and cover and the military equipment, the newest wartime exhibit lays out the role the region played in the war.
"The fact that there were actual nuclear weapons deployed at Duluth air force base and the air guard and Air Force were both using them, shows how critical this part of country was important to the nation's security."
A large detailed map lays out where defense systems were located; along the Canadian border and in our own backyard.
Duluth's airport also played a vital role in the conflict with both the Air Guard and Air Force ready for action.
The exhibit is inspired by Retired Brigadier General Ray Klowsoski, a Northland fighter pilot for the Minnesota Air Guard. He's one of the many faces who served as a peace time warrior.
Read more: www.bvhcenter.org/