Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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The only remaining nuclear missile field, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site illustrates the history and significance of the Cold War and arms race.

"Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction." President Eisenhower, January 1961 Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was once the home to intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development during the Cold War. The park consists of two significant Cold War sites, a Launch Control Facility (Delta-01) and a missile silo complex (Delta-09). The facilities consisted of 150 Minuteman II missiles, 15 launch control centers, and covered over 13,500 square miles of southwestern South Dakota.

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