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Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site

Launch control desk at Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site

The new Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site actually consists of two sites telling the story of the Cold War years in North Dakota. They are the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November-33 Launch Facility. They are the last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing, a cluster of intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites that were spread over a 6,500-square-mile area around the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Oscar Zero Launch Control Center and the November-33 Missile Facilty played an integral part in the Cold War in North Dakota and the world. This site is the last launch control center intact with the top-side of November 33 missile facility left intact.

Visitors to Oscar-Zero will be given a guided tour of topside facilities and will learn how the facility managers, security forces, maintenance teams, and cooks lived their daily lives at the MAF. Guests may also choose to be guided down the elevator shaft to the underground Launch Control Equipment Building and Launch Control Center, where they will see firsthand the front lines of the United States’ strategy of nuclear deterrence. They will be able to step behind the concrete blast door and witness the equipment that could have been used by the missile crews to launch nuclear missiles. At November-33 visitors will see the topside of a launch facility, including the massive launch closure door which once protected a missile, an imposing security fence, the electronic security system, and the ventilation systems that served the underground equipment buildings. The topside appears exactly as it did during its existence as an active launch facility.

Contact Information:

Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
555 113-1/2 Ave NE Hwy 45
PO Box 6
Cooperstown, ND 58425-0006
701-797-3691   phone
701-797-3693   fax

Current SHSND Podcast: Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site Opening
Listen to site supervisor Mark Sundlov talk about the new cold war era historic site opening July 13, 2009. Visitors will get to experience the site through interpretive tours on the top and bottom side of launch control facility Oscar Zero.

mp3 podcastSHSND Podcast: Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site Opening (July 2009)
8.6 MB file, 9:25min. total running time

Archived Podcasts:

mp3 podcastSHSND Podcast: The Atomic Age in North Dakota: Interview with Mark Sundlov (Nov. 2007)
17.2 MB file, 18:50min. total running time

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Address:
555 113-1/2 Ave NE Hwy 45
PO Box 6
Cooperstown, ND 58425
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Hours:
May 16 - Sept. 15: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm
Sept. 16 - Oct. 31 & Mar. 1 - May 15: Mon. and Thurs. - Sat., 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Nov.1 - Feb. 28: By Appointment Only

Contact Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site:
phone: (701) 797-3691
fax: (701) 797-3693

Contact SHSND:
phone: (701) 328-2666
fax: (701) 328-3710
email: histsoc@nd.gov