Cold War Defense

Cold War Defense (HM1B8J)

Location: Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920 Marin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 51.344', W 122° 25.407'

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In 1954 Angel Island became one of nineteen Nike Missile sites in the Bay Area. There were three underground magazines, each storing 12 Nike - Ajax anti-aircraft missiles. The missiles had a range of 25 miles and were raised to the surface by hydraulic elevators and pushed manually on rails to the launchers.

A radar control station was placed on Mt. Livermore and three notches were carved in the hill to improve line of sight. With the development of ICBMs (Inter-Continental Ballistics Missiles), Nike missiles became obsolete. The Army dismantled the installation in 1962, ending a military presence of the island that endured from the Civil War to the Cold War.
HM NumberHM1B8J
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 3:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550718 N 4189965
Decimal Degrees37.85573333, -122.42345000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 51.344', W 122° 25.407'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 51' 20.64" N, 122° 25' 24.42" W
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Area Code(s)415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 901-967 N Ridge Rd, Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, US
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