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March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Cooling Tower, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA



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Location
5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno%2BValley, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2788-C
Significance: The Cooling Tower for Utility Building 2606 was constructed as a support facility to Building 2605 (HABS CA-2788-A). Building 2605 was determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 1995 under Criterion Consideration G as a significant Cold War-era structure. The Combat Operations Center building has strong associations with the Cold War-era SAC operations as the command center for 10 SAC bases and controller of assets constituting 80% of the nation's ICBM force. In addition, the Center also controlled all of SAC's reconnaissance aircraft and 30% of the SAC's bombers and tankers. Building 2605's architecture reflects the designer's intention to provide a secure environment against attack or surveillance from the nation's Cold War-era enemies and is literally "self-contained" with its own supplies of water and air purification systems housed in Building 2606 (HABS CA-2788-B). The Cooling Tower worked in tandem with Building 2606 to maintain the primary Combat Operations Center.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
South front and east side of the cooling tower
North and west sides of the cooling tower, utility building (building 2606) is in the background at right


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