Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Terrell Nike missile site control area

Last April I took a few pictures of the control area of the abandoned Nike Missile site that was in Terrell during the early part of the cold war. I wanted to make another trip out to the site with my new camera and zoom lens.

Here is what I posted about the site in April 2009.

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.

My trip out to the site on Sunday was a bit of a surprise. It looks like they are going to improve the road where the control area is located. The fence surrounding the area had been pulled back and part of the area looks like its being used for storage. It did cross my mind that since the fence was down, I could walk up to the area and get pictures. The second picture explains why I didn't try to get a closer look, and its still private property. I am not sure if whats left of the site will survive the new road.

My reason for not trying to get closer is pictured below.


Rambling Round said...

Haha. The site must still have a guard dog!

brian stout said...

That looks like a big puppy!! You coulda got past him easy!

Jacob said...

You are a wise man. A fence is one thing and can often be climbed or otherwise breached without harm to oneself...

This particular breed of dog, however, if properly trained, will take your head off. (And he's watching your every move!)

Methinks no photo is worth that!

Olivier said...

je comprends pourquoi tu n'as pas été plus loin ;)))

inkyfingers - Ron Livingston said...

Here is a link to the papers where the army declared the site as excess status before selling it on the open market. The link shows building descriptions of all the buildings on the launchpad site & the control site along with site plans so you can see where everything was. Should help to put what is left in perspective to what was once there.


Tom said...

I was a launch crewman at the Alvarado site (D50). That structure is the base of what was once the High PAR Radar Dome, the main missile guidance Radar. These Radars always were covered with a dome glassy enclosure to protect from the elements and photos which were absolutely forbidden. They required Top Secret clearance to actually view them. I have in my files somewhere a picture of a couple of fellows that I actually served with and they were standing in front of the Radar, it was air brushed out in the photo!! After 43 years I finally got the chance to see what one looked like, the photo was taken at White Sands Missile Range where we had live fires, it looks very similar to a microwave receiver antennae such as Pay TV uses, except it is not round but tubular constructed and wide like a radar you would see at the top of a mast on one of our warships. I kept the picture don't tell anyone... only kidding it is not classified any longer, even Radars get old and die. lol

Tom said...

Sorry to be a post hog, in answer to one of the posters, these sites absolutely had guard dogs assigned to every site. We had two or three at Alvarado and they were unleashed to roam a double perimeter fence surrounding the launch area, no dogs were at the living and radar areas such as in the picture here. These sites you have to understand had more nuclear firepower in each pit than was released on Japan. Texas sites were well noted for rattle snakes gaining entrance to the launch pits to get out of the heat
and we would have to call Fort Worth civil service to come out and get rid of the fellas, their favorite place was under the elevators which was there demise because there was no way out, but believe me if you were a crewman like myself you looked very hard at those stair steps going down into the pit!!
Nice site I enjoyed the pictures...

Tom said...

Here are a few links that have a lot of historical information on the Terrell site and also very good photos that you probably would not see. I of course have followed a lot of these association and private sites for past members of all the Nike Sites world wide. I saw a few names I recognized as far back as 8 years ago. What intrigues me most about this Terrell site is the absolute destruction of it, if you look at one of the links there are pictures of the Alvarado site I was stationed at, even though the living and radar areas were dismantled in the mid 70's they came back and built new structures on the exact old foundations of what was once our sleeping and radar area. My work area was down the road and is still for the most part in tack , at least two years ago it was because google earth is that many if not more years behind in their photo updates. Enjoy just look for DF 20 in the following pages.
Tom Materene