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Contact: Joe Brehm, 605 433-5552 ext. 1241
Cactus Flat, SD – For the summer season, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is pleased to add daily ranger programs at the Delta-09 missile silo site to our schedule. Occurring daily at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from now until September 5th, these programs will allow visitors to better understand how the Minuteman II system worked, and how these missiles were intended to serve as a nuclear deterrent.
“We are excited to add ranger programs at Delta-09 for the summer,” remarked Superintendent Eric Leonard, “the potential destructiveness represented by the silo is juxtaposed against the peacefulness and beauty of the surrounding landscape. These programs will allow visitors to better understand the role nuclear weapons continue to play in the defense of the nation.”
These programs will last 30 minutes and focus on the above-ground features and use the glass enclosure to view the missile in the silo. These programs are free, and no reservations are needed. Delta-09 is the last Minuteman II silo left in South Dakota and allows visitors to come face to face with what could have been the start of the end of the world. Located a one half mile south of Interstate 90 at exit 116, the Delta-09 site is 15 miles west of the park Visitor Center at US 90 exit 131 and 6 miles east of the city of Wall. The Delta-09 missile silo is located ½ mile south of Interstate 90 at exit 116, six miles east of Wall, South Dakota. Visitors are advised that parking is severely limited at Delta-09; at present parking is limited to the access driveway and adjacent country road. Large vehicle turnarounds can be difficult depending on traffic and road conditions.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. The park is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. More information about the park can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger