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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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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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This was and unexpected surprise and highlight of our trip to the Badlands. The visitor center doesn't have the final exhibits installed. Instead, you will see mock-ups of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was and unexpected surprise and highlight of our trip to the Badlands. The visitor center doesn't have the final exhibits installed. Instead, you will see mock-ups of the final product. A grand opening is slated for September, 2015. Go early to get tickets to view the underground, missle control center. Tours are free but limited to 6 people at... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My husband really wanted to go to this national monument. I was reluctant since I really don't like war museums and especially stuff on the Cold War. This place really grabbed my attention. The exhibit in the visitor center is still being worked on, but they have paper copies of all the information. The timeline of the Cold War and... More 

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Wauconda, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This national historic site has the potential of being a great site for a visit. Right now, it is a nice stop on the way to or from the Badlands and Black Hills. The rangers are tremendously knowledgeable, though they haven't quite figured out how to address the elementary crowd about a subject that could be somewhat touchy. We had... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you are a history lover of any kind, you will love this park. They are still finishing the visitor center, but it is loaded with great information. Arrive early to get tickets to visit the Delta 01 site. A must do if you are coming here. Great information for the Rangers, explaining life and duty at the site.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Reading some of the other reviews on the site, I appreciate the frustration at the ticketing process, but they make it very clear that tickets are first come first served. The line will be formed before the visitor center opens at 8am. We got there around 7am (still on east coast time) and we were the second in line. The... More 

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Geneseo, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I'm so thankful for TripAdvisor and all the reviews available! We were planning a trip the the Badlands for this summer and I ran across this site. I'm so thankful I did. It was very educational and gave me more of a glimpse into that time in history. The suggestion to go early (before the visitor center opens) was spot... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Although the United States still has some missile defense systems, much of it has been dismantled. At exit 116 and at exit 131 off of I-90 in South Dakota one can view some of our Minuteman Missile system. This is a history lesson....an important part of our, somewhat, recent history. At exit 116 you can travel about 1/2 mile south... More 

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Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We visited this park to get an idea of what my father-in-law experienced when he worked in the missile program in the 60's. You get to tour the control center as well as the living quarters of the people who worked there. It is left exactly as it was when it was shut down in the mid-90's. Get there early... More 

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Falls Church, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

If you lived through the Cold War, you know about the ICBMs the US had pointed at the Soviet Union. This is the real deal -- an underground launch control site (Delta-01) and a silo (Delta-09) containing a mock-up of a Minuteman which in its day could deliver a 1.2 megaton warhead to its target in 30 minutes. The START... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting and scary part of the Cold War history. There is a historical info site, launch control site/tour and a missle site. The tour was very informative. You need to get tickets at the historical site, but get there early because they are limited. We went at 7:30am and waited in line to get tickets (they open at 8am).... More 

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Address: Address: 24545 Cottonwood Road, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5552
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Philip
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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