Nike Hercules Missile Base in Everglades National Park

A well-preserved relic of the Cold War, a Nike Hercules missile base in Everglades National Park is now open to the public for the first time since it was turned over to the park in 1979. The park is offering guided tours of the site which remains virtually unchanged since it was closed nearly 30 years ago. The base was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1963 at the height of the Cold War, immediately following the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. It is 160 miles from the Cuban coast. The base, listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 2004, as a historic district, includes three missile barns built to contain 41-foot missiles (some with nuclear warheads), a missile assembly building, a guard dog kennel, barracks, and control centers within berms that served as blast protection. The base is one of four built in South Florida. Tours are offered every Saturday through March 28. For more information, check the park’s website.

Article from the National Park Service Heritage News

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