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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Address: 24545 Cottonwood Road, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5552
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the...
The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th century. It led to fear, panic, and distrust symbolized by a nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. The Minuteman Missile was an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. Minuteman Missile National Historic site preserves a Launch Control Facility (D-01) and a missile silo (D-09) associated with the 44th Missile Wing in western South Dakota.
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Very cool, but check times first, and plan with badlands in mind

My wife and I stopped off at the visitors center on the way to the badlands. The visitors center is very new and has some exhibits but it is a bit limited. But keep in mind you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My wife and I stopped off at the visitors center on the way to the badlands. The visitors center is very new and has some exhibits but it is a bit limited. But keep in mind you have to go back towards Wall to see the control center at one exit and the silo at another. We came from the... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We were so disappointed to get there (exit #131 off I-90) and find out that the hours were only 9-4, M-F! We were there on a Sunday afternoon. The building looks very modern and interesting from the outside. We thought it would be best to not trespass however, so we don't have enough information. But - just the fact that... More 

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Waukegan, Illinois, USA
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5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I just visited this National Historic Site. The visitor center building is complete, but the inside is still in progress. There are a few exhibits, and a brief movie on the missile system and it's purpose. You'll need to stop by the visitor center if you want to enter the launch control center - this is where you get your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

No rational person wants a nuclear war on planet earth...seeing the early parts of our nuclear deterrent up close and personal was fascinating. The guide from the National Park Service was excellent; the information she provided as part of the visit really brought the site alive. Learning about the technology used for this missile system, how quickly it was built... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

One off the bucket list. Superb and our guide was just the best & most interesting guy. Thanks to Jim B for the excellent tour and for being so great to talk to. We had some good days on our trip round the world and this was a highlight. As others have said plan ahead. Its not signed for a... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Stopped at what was listed as the visitor center after exiting the Badlands. Apparently the place is under construction. No signage regarding the locations of the silos or anything. Government website didn't say anything (but why would the government get it right?) nor did any of the regional travelbooks we read through. 2 bad experiences on this trip that would... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Be sure to check the schedule for guided tours. You can see one of the missile sights, but without a tour guide, it doesn't mean much (even with the cell phone number you dial). Very interesting for those of us who grew up during the Cold War era.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

It takes some planning and backtracking to get a tour but is well worth it. Stop as early as you can to get your tour time and tickets. We had to wait 90 minutes and there isn't anything to do there. We went to see some Badlands scenery and then went back to the tour site. It's not a lot,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

In the off season there are only 2 tours a day.We were not there right at 8 a.m. so missed the 6 tickets for the 10 o'clock tour.The young ranger did not have any info to offer,think we took him away from something more interesting in the back room.Luckily it's the Badlands entrance so that can be plan B.

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Colorado Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Minuteman Missiles were a huge part of American history during the cold war and integral to our defenses. With missiles "hiding" underground, they were placed all over the upper, central states of the US: Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and into Nebraska and Colorado! Disarmed and removed in the 90s, there is one underground control center and one en-siloed missile remaining,... More 

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