Minuteman Historic Site tells America's Cold War story

By  | 

KADOKA, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Many Americans have vivid memories of the Cold War, such as the "duck and cover" drills in hopes of actually surviving a nuclear attack.

Those memories are preserved at the Minuteman Missile National Historic site east of Wall. It is the first national park dedicated specifically to the Cold War era.

The site is actually three locations;
• Visitors center where you can learn about the Cold War and Ellsworth's missile mission (exit 131 of I-90)
• Delta 09 silo housing a Minuteman II training missile (exit 116 of I-90)
• Delta 01 launch control facility with its underground launch control center (exit 127 of I-90)

"One of the things visitors sometimes struggle with is we’re one park but we’re in three places over 15 miles. So we are a nontraditional national park site but we are telling a nontraditional American story," Eric Leonard, Minuteman site superintendent said.

Because of limited space, tours through the launch control facility require advance reservations by calling 866-601-5129 or online at http://go/nps.gov/delta-o1tour

"The underground control center is essentially as it was in the early '60s through its operational years ending in the early '90s," Leonard said.

There are fees for the Delta 01 tour - $6 for those 17 and older; and $4 for children 6 to 16 years old.