About Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philipsburg
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.)Wikipedia
Overview of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
This article refers Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in Philipsburg, United States. 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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I don't know where to begin. So we had reservations a couple months in advance, and we got an email with the tickets and an address to where the tour was. So on the day of we drove to where the address was and... it took us to the middle of nowhere. We tried getting tickets for later in the day but it was all sold out. No refund, or sorry for giving you the wrong address. Screw this place.
Very cool part of history. Seemed like a new exhibit and the displays were very nice. We arrived at closing and were rushed out of the place. Wish we would have been able to spend more time and take the missile silo tour.
There are three sites for the Minuteman. My GPS did not lead me to the correct place with the address listed. The welcome center is located on the other side of the interstate from the entrance to the Badlands National Park. This welcome center features a very interesting and informative museum which is a must see and is free. The actual missile is a 15 minute drive from the welcome center and is also free. If you want to see the control center that is on a third site and requires tickets you will need to purchase at least 24 hours in advance, but should be purchased a month in advance because they sell out fast. If you have trouble finding the visitors center this address should get you close: 21280 SD-240, Phillip, SD 57567
If you are traveling westward then you will be all right because the actual missile silos where the tours are held are one or two exits past this spot. If you are heading east it will require you to backtrack to do the actual tours. The only way to keep own which silo the tours are being held at that day is to stop in here.
This is a national monument just outside the Badlands National Park that covers the Cold War era missile defense system. Openings for visiting the actual missile silo and control center weren't available the day I attended but would recommend making reservations ahead or getting there early in advance to go on those tours. If you're visiting the Badlands, this would be an extra stop to make on the way.
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