• Underground Delta-01 LCC, 44th Missile Wing/66th Strategic Missile Wing logos, topside view of Delta-09 LF

    Minuteman Missile

    National Historic Site South Dakota

History & Culture

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is the only National Park Service unit specifically designated for the Cold War. Congress stated in the park's enabling legislation that Minuteman Missile's purpose is "to interpret the historical role of the Minuteman II missile defense system as a key component of America's strategic commitment to preserve world peace and in the broader context of the Cold War."

The structures and landscapes at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site serve as an ideal location to explore the people, places and stories that illustrate the experience of Air Force personnel, local landowners and residents of the Great Plains who worked at or lived around Minuteman Missile sites for the last three decades of the Cold War.


National Park Service histories

The Missile Plains: Frontline Of America's Cold War is the Minuteman Missile Historic Resource Study. This in-depth study includes chapters on missile development, life in the missile field and the arms race. This study can be downloaded as a complete document or chapter by chapter.


Oral Histories

Minuteman Missile Oral Histories are now online. These include valuable interviews with former missile field personnel, local citizens and contractor's who were part of the Minuteman's history for over three decades.

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