High Security

High Security (HM19KM)

Location: Wall, SD 57790 Pennington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 55.896', W 102° 9.577'

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The fence in front of you once guarded the Delta-09 Launch Facility which held a Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). During the Cold War, anyone or anything that crossed this fence was in serious trouble. Standing orders meant the use of deadly force was authorized. Motion sensors recorded activity day and night.

Now imagine one thousand ICBM silos like this, each roughly the size of a football field, scattered widely across the American heartlands. Here you see part of the enormous system that kept the United States secure from a Soviet nuclear attack by threatening overwhelming destruction.

Delta-09 is one of ten launch facilities commanded by the Delta-01 Launch Control Center, located eleven miles southeast of here.

Photo Caption:
Missiles in the Minuteman silos had to be regularly maintained to launch at a moments notice. This missile is in a training facility at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.
HM NumberHM19KM
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 11:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 727990 N 4868198
Decimal Degrees43.93160000, -102.15961667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 55.896', W 102° 9.577'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 55' 53.76" N, 102° 9' 34.62" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 23931 195th Ave, Wall SD 57790, US
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