Nike Missile Site SF-88
Backstory and Context
This Nike Missile battery is located in southern Mill Valley and began operations in 1954-the height of the Cold War. In the early years of missile defense, the Nike missiles were armed with high explosive shrapnel warheads-they were built in this manner so that they would likely destroy an enemy aircraft even if the missile did not make a direct hit against the fuselage. Today, visitors can see models of Nike Ajax missiles and Nike Hercules missiles.
The site is staffed by volunteers and only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.