Glenn L. Martin Company, Titan Missile Test Facilities, Waterton Canyon Road & Colorado Highway 121, Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO
Waterton Canyon Road & Colorado Highway 121, Lakewood vicinity, CO
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Survey number HAER CO-75
Significance: When the Glenn L. Martin Company completed its new Titan missile plant near Denver in the late 1950s, the Air Force described it as the first completely integrated missile facility "in the western world, and probably the entire world." Although the plant included extensive facilities for project administration, engineering, and production, its most unusual feature was a "backyard" testing complex, consisting of four enormous captive test stands where the completed missiles' rocket engines could be test fired under controlled conditions prior to launch. These facilities played a crucial role in the development of the Titan I and Titan II intercontinental ballistic missiles, the largest and most powerful weapons in the nation's nuclear deterrent force.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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