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Contact: Alison Shoup , 605 433-5552 ext1242
Cactus Flat, SD- Minuteman Missile National Historic Site will begin summer operations Monday, May 25, 2015. The Visitor Center will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Here, visitors can pick up tickets for the ranger-guided tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and underground Control Center. The Visitor Center is located north of I-90, exit 131. The Launch Facility (missile silo) Delta-09 will be open for self-guided audio tours from 9am-4pm, located off of exit 116. Ranger programs will be offered at the missile silo intermittently throughout the summer. Please ask at the Visitor Center, visit our website, or call for days and times. Summer operations will continue through September 30, 2015. Tickets for tours are available daily on a first come, first served basis.
"Visitation has already exceeded expectations in our brand new, highly visible location. We look forward to continuing to interpret the story of the Cold War and the role of the Minuteman II missile to the many more thousands of visitors that enter the Badlands and Black Hills region," said Superintendent Eric Leonard.
As part of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991, signed by US President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, three Minuteman missile fields, including the one in western South Dakota, were chosen for deactivation. As the sites were being shut down, the US Air Force and National Park Service worked together to find a site that would represent the nuclear arms race, the Minuteman's role during the Cold War, and the dedication of Air Force personnel who staffed the sites. In 1999 Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was authorized by Congress as the first national park dedicated exclusively to the Cold War.
To learn more about Minuteman Missile National Historic Site go to www.nps.gov/mimi. Please visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger
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