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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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Fascinating piece of history

Visited this relatively new national Monument on our way out of Badlands national Park. It is a must see for anyone visiting this area, really interesting to learn about the Cold... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Wheaton, Illinois
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Wheaton, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Visited this relatively new national Monument on our way out of Badlands national Park. It is a must see for anyone visiting this area, really interesting to learn about the Cold War history of the area. The visitor center building is not quite complete yet but the volunteer staff is very helpful and friendly. The tors were all booked on... More 

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

During the cold war, the US needed a visible deterrent to the USSR. We established more than 1000 of these missiles and spread them out over the plains. They were visible - from space. The missiles could be launched within a few minutes of the Presidential command and the bunkers were too numerous to be destroyed by the enemy. New... More 

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Layton, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We kind of stumbled on this between the Badlands and Wall, SD. We really enjoyed the tour of the control center and missile silo. It is a fascinating way to spend a couple of hours. Glad we found it.

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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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16 helpful votes 16 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 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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