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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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MINUTEMAN MISSILE....LONGER THAN A MINUTE THERE!

We "stumbled" onto this one. We had been going across country and did the stop at the Badlands sign. Didn't want to do the Badlands as we had seen most of this before. So... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Morristown, TN
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Morristown, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We "stumbled" onto this one. We had been going across country and did the stop at the Badlands sign. Didn't want to do the Badlands as we had seen most of this before. So ... guess what the map says there is a Minuteman Missile Museum and such right here! Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation there. You can go to an... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

They no longer take reservations for tours. It's first come, first serve. Tours are free and start at the new (as of March 2015) visitor center. They open at 8am but lines start at 7:30 am weekdays and 6:30 am weekends. We got there at 7:20am on a Wednesday and there were already 6 people in line, swelling to about... More 

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

During the cold war there were minutemen missile sites hidden nationwide. At this site there is a museum still under construction but very interesting with a movie, gift shop, and bathrooms. You can drive to a near by site to see a disarmed missile area and you can take a tour of the center. Tickets for the tour go fast... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I made the mistake of not visiting the site our last trip out West, so we were sure to go this time. Go early to get tickets, as they are on a first come, first serve basis. We arrived around 7:30AM and there was already a line. It was a very informative tour and give a new... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Well worth the complicated method of seeing this. You have to call ahead and reserve a time slot. You can also arrive and take a number for later in the day. We had to kill three hours before our time and only later found out you can call ahead and reserve. You have to check in at the main facility... More 

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Las Vegas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

So why am I reviewing t something that we did not see. The reason is to tell people that if you want to take a sile and control room tour, you have to get there really early. The visitor center where they hand out tour tickets opens at I believe 9:00 and it is only open Monday - Friday. it... More 

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

This site is actually 3 locations, the visitors center, the missile silo, and the launch facility. You will have a ~10 mile drive between each. Start at the visitors center. It was brand new when we stopped. They told us the silo site was self guided, but when we got there a Park Service guide was there. You need tickets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A fascinating combination of sites to visit, which informed and provided a very thoughtful commentary on both our recent history and the ongoing threats which exist in the world. The park rangers were brilliant, both entertaining and informative.

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McCordsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very interesting and historic place to visit. You have to travel to multiple sites to see everything they offer, but it is well worth it. Be sure to be there at 8:00 am to get the free tickets to tour the launch center. A great tour!

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Miller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Growing up in South Dakota and living through the Cold War made the minute man missile always interesting to me. They have a wonderful visitor center on I 90 @ MM 131. They also have tours of the Delta 1 control center on I 90 @ MM127, but you have to be there right at 8 am in order to... More 

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Additional Information about Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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

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