Nike Missile Site SF-88, Mill Valley
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once upon a time the people of San Francisco had little knowledge of what was the seaward of Highway 101 on the Marin Headlands. From the 1800’s it was a military reservation. One of its last duties w... read more »
In 1976, I was a young naval officer exploring the hills just north of San Francisco on an off weekend. I found fences marked NO TRESSPASSING NO PHOTOGRAPHY........ And missiles inside the fences. Fla... read more »
The NPS tour guide of the Nike Missile sight noted that Nike was the goddess of victory - just one of many interesting nuggets on this relatively small but great tour. So cool to watch the missile be ... read more »
On the 1st Saturday of each month, the raise the missile above ground for show. You can also go down to the bunker that houses the missiles to see them up close. Quite fascinating seeing all the old technology that fortunately, was never used.
This place was very cool. The Park Ranger took us on an amazing tour and even set up a missile in launching position. It felt very authentic and was good experience over all but from what I heard from the Park Ranger it does get pretty crowded so I would try to go on a Thursday or days where the weather is a bit colder so there are less people and you get a more personal experience.
We made a day out of walking the Golden Gate Bridge and heading to the Nike Missile site. The site is just minutes from the bridge in the Marin Headlands. My two sons (13, 16) and I found the tour fascinating. Who knew we had nukes scattered up and down the coast from the mid-40's to 1974? Ranger Al Blank and the volunteer docents, most who served at this site or another were excellent. A great mix of history, personal experiences, and wisdom. Tour is an easy walk with a few steep stairs. Pictures are allowed. We took video as they demonstrated raising the missile from the "pit" and moved it into launch position. Great opportunity to interact with history and engage your children in meaningful conversation. Highly recommend the visit.
A fully restored Nike missile site (minus the nukes of course. Or at least I hope!). Crazy to hear the stats on these things. Breaking the sound barrier within seconds of takeoff? Wow. And the guys that volunteer there are former military folk that worked on Nike sites. They are very serious and any sort of joke will be met with an annoyed look by them. I can't fault them. They spent who knows how many hours working there hiding from the enemy and being a line of defence for a nuclear attack in the US. And now a bunch of civvies show up, snapping pictures, and cracking jokes like it's no big deal. I don't fault them.
Incredible fellas all over the park volunteering. Many from the time of the area's hayday. A.D.A. soldiers... you'll love a trip out here.
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