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Contact: Chris Wilkinson, 605-433-5552 ext. 1241
Cactus Flat, South Dakota - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will begin opening seven days a week starting Monday, June 16th. Ranger-guided tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and underground Launch Control Center will now be offered every day of the week. The Minuteman Missile Visitor Contact Station will also be open seven days a week from 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 will be open for self-guided audio tours during this time. These hours will continue until the end of September when the park will return to being open on weekdays for the fall and winter seasons.
"Visitor demand is high and the staff at Minuteman Missile is ready for a very busy summer season. Having tours seven days a week will allow hundreds of extra visitors to experience this nationally significant resource" said Lead Interpretative Park Ranger Alison Shoup. Tickets for tours are available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not taken. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is headquartered on the north side of exit 131, Interstate 90 where the Visitor Center is located.
The park was established by Congress in 1999 to tell the story of the Minuteman ICBM system, including the development of the system, the personnel who served at the 1,000 sites throughout the upper Great Plains, and the impact of the system on the communities nearby. Administration of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 and Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 was transferred from the United States Air Force in September 2002 to the National Park Service.
More information about the site can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552 ext. 1237. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger
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