“His grandmother had witnessed some strange goings-on firsthand during the 1950s at the southern side of the hill where the present-day remains of the Garrett Corporation’s Boron facility lay in ruins along the access road we used. Garrett — a contractor involved with the Air Force’s top-secret Suntan Project — was conducting classified research for a high-altitude fuel using hydrogen during 1956-1958. Although considered largely unsuccessful, after millions were spent on its development, Suntan “led directly to the first rocket engine that flew using liquid hydrogen.” Supposedly this abandoned site is where engine and cryogenic component tests were conducted. Existence of this project remained secret until 1973.”
Whether you believe his story or not, something was definitely going on and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a test facility, like the one described above, to be located here. In fact, one of the largest rocket test sites in the country is located less than 8 miles away.
“The Air Force Research Lab’s Aerospace Systems Directorate has its primary field lab at the remote northeast corner of Edwards AFB, on and around Leuhman Ridge, with additional test facilities on Haystack Butte, covering a total of 65 square miles of the base. The Air Force Research Lab (used to be called Phillips Lab) is one of the primary Air Force labs, concerned with directed energy weapons, space-related defense, propulsion systems, unmanned vehicles, hypersonic vehicles, and space-based surveillance.” – Source
These photos were taken nearly four years ago, so there’s no telling what the site looks like now.