Nike Missile Site HM-69, Homestead
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Когда я впервые упомянул про эту бывшую военную базу своим друзьям, к моему удивлению, они подумали, что это магазин по продаже спортивной обуви известной марки. Мне пришлось их разочаровать. Но обо в... read more »When I first mentioned about this former military base to their friends, to my surprise, they thought it was a shop selling sports shoe brand. I had to disappoint them. But first things first. During the Cuban missile crisis from that base were aimed missiles to Cuba. Base is located on the territory of the National Park. Without a car and local friends got there. Around the wilderness-swamp and alligators. Guided tours are available only during certain months-check the website beforehand. Excursions are conducted by rejdžery National Park (i.e. According to our foresters). There are no toilets, clothing and footwear must be like to hike through the jungle. For history lovers, 20 century really will be interesting.show original
The abandoned site is hard to find. We got lost at the 1st time and luckily caught the 2pm tour on the 2nd try. Tour volunteer Scott is very passionate and knowledgeable. It is not a fancy tour (outdo... read more »
Quick drive to see this if you are already in the park. Worth to see some historical items as well as old pictures and newspaper clippings. They even had old cereal boxes of what missile freebie toys ... read more »
This little collection of buildings was open for an open house the day I was visiting. the attendant at the site was pretty knowledgeable, and seeing the rocket was pretty cool. I would suggest this attraction to anybody who likes to learn about old military technology, but its quite a bit of a drive for a pretty small complex.
I was lucky enough to visit when they started new program with volunteers to open the Nike site daily to visitors. A fascinating look at the history of the cold war and how this nike site was prepared to intercept an incoming bomber from Cuba. They even have a restored Nike Hercules in one of the missile hangers.
Highly recommended: besides the structure itself, the rangers guiding the tours are really good at setting the context and explaining the circumstances that led to the site being set up in a rush.
Great place to visit, especially with children. Make sure you get a guided tour if available.
I was stationed there in 1965. I was a M P Sentry Dog Handler. The site was so new that the missile's were not even there yet. There were about 6 or 7 of us handlers, and we all were shipped along with our dogs at the same time to Vietnam, as Sentry Dog Handler's. We were part of the first Army Sentry a Dogs in Vietnam. We ended up as being the 212th MP Co. K-9 (Sentry Dogs) in Vietnam.
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