Took a tour of the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site in Cooperstown, North Dakota yesterday. What a fascinating look at a piece of Cold War history.
This facility, the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility, is one of the last launch control centers intact for the public to visit. Oscar-Zero and the November-33 Launch Facility are the two remaining sites from the 321st Missile Wing, a cluster of intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites that were spread over a 6,500-square-mile area around the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
The sites were completed in 1965 and were part of the Minuteman II Missile system. At the height of the Cold War, there were 150 Minuteman II missiles in this cluster alone. Over 1,000 deployed missiles throughout North & South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
We were able to take a private guided tour of both the topside facilities — which included the security room, rec room, kitchen and sleeping quarters — and the underground launch facility.