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

If you have reached this page from a search engine you are not getting the entire site. Click on Terrell Daily Photo in the header photo for the entire site. Please do not use these photos without my permission.

14 comments:

Olivier said...

une ville fantôme, comme on dans les vieux westerns
a ghost town, as in the old westerns

Small City Scenes said...

It is amazing to me that the government could spend probably mas money to built these places and then just let them fall in to ruin. It's a waste if you ask me. Thanks for showing these, Jim. MB

B Squared said...

We had some Nike missile silos in the Keys. One or two were sold and converted to homes. Most were just left to rust away.

Jacob said...

I lived in Mesquite and never knew any of this ... maybe that was after my time? Or before?

Very interesting!

cellini.k said...

very interesting photograph!

Tricia said...

So the place is just rotting away? Why don't they clean it up or something? I don't understand why people own something & just let it rot away.

Anonymous said...

Cool post

Tanya said...

Wow, that's really interesting and I agree with Tricia. Why didn't they just tear it all down and dispose of it if they were done using it?

alicesg said...

Wow very interesting. Can you enter the abandoned site?

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

wow, very interesting. a modern day ghost town. thanks for your comments about my Frank Lloyd Wright series. I too continue to be amazed at the many items that Wright invented but did not patent.

clay said...

I remember walking to both base locations as a kid. Most of the radar base buildings were still there but in very bad shape.. Now only the radar platform is still there.. The missile base part was used but the city to store school buses, this had to be around 1985... Now it's privately owned... Theres three door locations. Each door was like 30 foot long. You could see down in the doors through missing planels and they were full of water. There were also man doors to each bunker but were welded shut... If only I would have taken a camera back then... Cool part of terrell history....

Richard said...

My grandparents lived in Terrell in the 1960s and I spent a lot of time there. The twirling radar antenna on that tower was a landmark that told us we were almost home.

Dan Goss said...

There are s few of the technicians at that time that still live in the Terrell area. We live in Grand Prairie ourselves.

Dan Goss said...

There are s few of the technicians at that time that still live in the Terrell area. We live in Grand Prairie ourselves.