Delta-09 Minuteman II Missile Silo
This site is part of the National Park Service's effort to preserve and share the history of the Cold War. From 1963 until 19992, this was the location of a fully operational Minuteman Missile, with a 1.2 megaton nuclear warhead. The site was established as a historic site with interpretive signage to help illustrate the history and significance of the nuclear arms race and the development of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites. The missile site at this location no longer has a nuclear warhead and is open to visitors. The missiles were deactivated under a 1991 treaty but this site was preserved for educational purposes.
Backstory and Context
Of all of the missile sites only two have not been destroyed. The two, which included D-01 and D-09, were candidates for becoming a national historic site for a few reasons. They were close to a major road, close to recreational facilities, and did not require a lot of changes.
The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site has three facilities. There is a main office, two Cold War-era sites, a launch control center, and a missile launch facility. It was operated by the 66th Strategic Missile Squadron of the 44th Strategic Missile Wing. The missile site used to home 150 Minuteman II missiles. The silo, known as D-09 was made in 1963. Today, there is an unarmed missile inside for display with a glass cover for viewing. The glass also shows Russian satellites are able to verify that the site is not in use.
Today, the site is used for education purposes as visitors can take self guided tours of the facility.