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“Go back in time”

Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is really something to see, from the top where it is ground level to the bottom where they lived behind big cement and steel doors that way many many tons. See their living, eating, and recreation areas up top then take the elevator down and see where they sat in case they had to launch the missiles.
Great experience and many things left there to this day just the way they left it when they walked out for the last time!

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

I have to admit: the whole concept of M.A.D. - Mutually Assured Destruction - is just a mind-bend for me. I mean, how close have we come to nuclear holocaust?
A trip to the RR Minuteman Missile Silo, which the ND Historical Society had the foresight to work to preserve, cements the reality and absurdity of the nuclear age. Out on the prairie a few miles north of Cooperstown, the site just looks like a small utility building; unremarkable. Inside, however, one walks into the absurd world of the missileer....
The tour starts with a film bringing us back to the origins of the nuclear age, and takes us to the oh-too-close time period in which the START treaty led the closure of some of the missile launch sites.
Our guide, Nathaniel, a student and worker with the ND Historical Society, was wonderful. He was very accommodating to my elderly mother and our many questions, very knowledgeable about the site, and quite fun to chat with.
A few miles away, a preserved missile site that was once powered by the Oscar-Zero launch complex is also available to view; again, a shockingly absurd contradiction to the ND prairie!

5  Thank finnbee
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We toured both the Oscar-Zero launch complex and the November-33 silo. Oscar-Zero is about 4 miles north of Cooperstown. November-33 is located about 2.75 miles east of Cooperstown.

Admission fee was $10 per adult, $3 per child, and free for kids under 5 years old for Oscar-Zero.

The tour lasts about 1 hour, starting above ground with a video on the history of the cold war. The above ground tour covers operations of the security forces, while the below ground portion explains the roles of the missileers. The highlight of the tour for us was the underground portion.

The Oscar-Zero facility is just the way the crews left it the day it was decommissioned.

The November-33 site is the way it originally looked above ground. You are unable to tour the silo itself as they have filled the silo with sand, but you can walk around the grounds and stand on top of the solo hatch.

4  Thank tdawg40sw
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This place is great. A continuation of North Dakota's military fort stories, instead of guarding settlers against Indian attack, it was helping guard against nuclear attack during the Cold War. You get to tour the living quarters of the soldiers who lived at the site as well as go down 60 feet under ground to see the command facility that had control of 10 minute man III missiles. It is like the place is stopped in time, 1997, when the last crew left having completed their mission. It is worth seeing!

2  Thank WesAnderson
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

This museum does a great job of preserving and interpreting the history of the Minuteman missile system and the crews that manned the sites during the Cold War. Oscar-Zero is the code-name of this gated Missile Alert Facility (MAF) about 4 miles north of Cooperstown. Of the original 5 MAFs of the squadron located in this area of N. Dakota, Oscar-Zero is the only one remaining intact. It was originally built in the mid 1960's and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Everything was kept exactly as it was before this site was decommissioned in the 1990s. The above ground Oscar-Zero building housed an 8 person security and maintenance team. 60 feet below this building are two steel reinforced concrete complexes that contain the equipment for monitoring and launching 10 missiles, the life support equipment and accomodations for two officers to be self sufficient over prolonged periods.

November-33 is an underground Launch Facility (LF) missile site similar to the 10 LF missile sites Oscar-Zero controlled and is located about 2 miles east of Cooperstown. After Nov-33 was decommissioned, the Minuteman II missile was removed and the silo filled in, but the blast door that covered the missile, security fence, surveillance system, etc remain for self-guided tours.

Our Oscar-Zero tour guide, Matt was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the MAF and the various personnel that worked there. We first toured the above ground control center and the living-areas (kitchen, livingroom, recroom, bedrooms, etc) where the facility managers, security forces, chef and maintenance teams lived day and night. You then take an elevator shaft down to the below ground Launch Control Center (LCC). Massive concrete/steel blast doors that protected the LCC had to be manually opened for crew changes. All the original computers and guidance equipment that would have been used to launch nuclear missles is on display. Matt had many interesting stories relayed to him by former crew members who have come back to visit the museum and start telling stories about when they worked there.

7  Thank OTR_Again_IM
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