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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philipsburg

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was established in 1999 to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. This National Historic Site preserves the last remaining Minuteman II ICBM system in the United States. (450 of the newer Minuteman III missiles are still on active duty, at Malmstrom AFB, MT, Minot AFB, ND and F. E. Warren AFB, WY.)


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Walking past the city of Philipsburg, you will come across Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is not the prime point of interest of Philipsburg. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

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  • My husband and I visited Missile launch site first and it was so interesting to see this place. It's in s field off a dirt road, protected by cows!! This is self guided, there's a number posted to call which gives information on the defense of our country during the cold war. Then we went to the launch control center where my husband loved reading all the information. There's several volunteers ready to answer any questions and a small gift shop.

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  • This place was awesome. I wish I could find my pictures from this day. The staff was VERY nice, knew a TON about the location and made the tour that much better. Self guided tour was nice too because you could stop where you wanted to and walk through the rest. I suggest checking up on times though, we actually had to catch this on our way out as when we came in, it was on a day when the tours were booked already. It was summer time so I'm sure it's not always like that, but it was worth the stop.

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  • The exhibits at the visitor center brought history to life! The nuclear weapons history and how these nuclear capable rockets defended our nation during the most tense moments. Incredible how close we came to nuclear war on several occasions. The museum did an excellent job of presenting the information and well worth the time to walk through slowly. The staff was very knowledgeable and had great stories to tell.

  • This is a very interesting subject for a National Historic Site, and a subject as contentious as the Cold War was treated with the utmost in balance, perspective, and respect by the National Park Service. My friend and I went through the visitor center twice over just to make sure we caught everything, very well done. If short on time, one might skip the Delta-09 site, which is a decommissioned missile silo with a glass canopy and mock missile inside. It is visually interesting and apparently accurate with the same barbed chain link fence surrounding the site, but being several miles away, possibly backtracking as we did might not be in everybody's road trip plans. Do try to make time for getting to the visitor center early to reserve a spot with the guided tour of the Delta-01 command center for the area's Delta missiles. Each missile flight of Minuteman ICBMs were controlled by a command center designated by a letter and number 1. Hence, for the Delta flight, Delta-01 command center controlled missiles Delta-02, Delta-03, and so on scattered around this area of South Dakota. In any case, the tours are small, so get tickets early, and be prepared for some excellent commentary from rangers who are most all former US Air Force in the ICBM program. Our ranger covered the emotions on site in the Cold War days, from the mundane to the intense. In any case, it is a well done historic site that deserves some attention, and is just near the eastern entrance of Badlands National Park. For more ICBM info and silo tour, check out the South Dakota Air and Space Museum attached to Ellsworth Air Force base in nearby Rapid City.

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  • Enjoyed the educational videos and artifacts. This National Park had a lot of displays, some were interactive. Much information about the cold war and the silos. The children were facinated. I lived through it, so I was able to share my perspective, such as it is, with them. Plan to stay at least an hour.

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