AAA Editor Notes
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site is 4 mi. n. via SR 45 to 555 113 1/2 Ave. N.E. The site known as Oscar-Zero was a top-secret U.S. military arsenal and launch center for 10 nuclear missiles, with an above-ground support building and an underground cement bunker that housed 60 people. This is the only retired launch facility open to the public; it closed in 1997 as a result of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by the United States and Russia.
After watching a 20-minute orientation video about the facility's construction visitors tour the support building, kept as it was when the eight-member security and maintenance team who lived there 24 hours a day left for the last time. Sixty feet underground via elevator are the support system and launch facilities ensuring that 10 “minute man” nuclear missiles could be sent skyward at a moment's notice.
The November-33 Launch Facility site, east off SR 200 from the junction with SR 45 (about 7 miles from this site), consists of the above-ground remains of a retired missile silo. Self-guiding tours include interpretive signs that relate the history of START, the creation of the minute man missile, missile transportation and servicing, and launch facility security.
Guided tours are available.