Monday, August 17, 2009

NIKE Missile Site, Pt. Bonita

On our way to Pt. Bonita Lighthouse, we passed through a restored Nike missile site.

This valuable historic site is the only restored Nike missile site in the entire country.

During the tense years from 1953 to 1979 the US Army built and operated 280 Nike missile firing batteries in the United States.

These missile sites were put in place as the last line of defense against Soviet bombers.

Today a dedicated group of volunteers works in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the continuous task of restoration at site SF-88, which has been turned into a museum.

Impressive now, I can only imagine what they looked like with big guns coming out. If you get the chance this is a really great way to see the tools of the Cold War up close.

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