Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Terrell abandoned Nike missile site

I get requests every now and then for specific pictures or places. Today's post is one of those places. Part of Terrell's unique history is its place as host to a Nike Missile site during the 1960's. Terrell was one of four missile sites that ringed Dallas. The other three sites were in Denton, Mineral Wells and Alvarado. The purpose of the missile site was to protect Dallas-Fort Worth area from Soviet bombers. The missile site was divided into two areas. One was the launching area, that area is private property that is hidden from street view. The other is the control area. Today's photos are whats left of the control area. The area is private property, so the pictures were taken from the street through a fence. It would be neat to be able to walk around the grounds of this and the launching area. Maybe someday a marker will be put up explaining what the site was for. I am sure what's left of the site will be gone in a few more years.

If you have a request drop me an email.

This is the largest remaining structure at the control site. It was
either a radar or observation tower.

This is the same structure, from the road.

The remains of an old sentry post.

The collapsed walls of one of the barracks.

The main road in the control area.

Here are a few resources I used to find the site and gather information.

Terrell Tribune

Ed Thelen's Nike Missile Web Site

Nike Air Defense Missile

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