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Minute Man Missile National HIstoric Site, South Dakota, Open for Tours

Submitted by Steve Cinnamon

For those folks who lived through the Eisenhower Administration and may be traveling through South Dakota this summer, the Minute Man Missle National Historic Site is open. There are limited spaces available for two tours daily into the control bunker underground where the 'fingers were on the trigger'. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for the underground tour...see information below.

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 is one of the nation's newest national park areas. It was created to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. The National Park Service is currently involved
in the planning process to determine the future of this site. We encourage you to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Minuteman Missile NHS consists of two significant Cold War sites, a Launch Control Facility (Delta-01) and a missile silo complex (Delta-09). The facilities represent the only remaining intact components of a nuclear missile field that consisted of 150 Minuteman II missiles, 15 launch control centers, and covered over 13,500 square miles of southwestern South Dakota.

Beginning April 3rd reservations will be taken for summer tours. Tours will be offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, call the Minuteman Missile NHS Project Office at 605-433-5552 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. MDT, Monday-Friday. Tours are also offered throughout the fall, winter and spring at 10 AM. The tours are approximately two hours in length, and are limited to six people (see Plan Your Visit). Spaces on these tours are very limited so plan your trip early! For group reservations or special programs
also call the Project Office.

For more information visit: www.nps.gov/mimi.