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NIKE Missile Base SL-40, Beck Road between Nike & M Roads, Hecker, Monroe County, IL



B&W Photos

HB451496
Overall View Of Entrance To Battery Control Area, Looking West.

HB451497
Photocopy, Barracks, Mess Hall, And Administration Building.

HB451498
Photocopy, Building And Road Layout Plans For Battery Control Area.

HB451499
Entrance To Launch Control Area, Looking South.

HB451500
Photocopy, Entrance And Ready Building Of Launch Area.

HB451501
Photocopy, Water Treatment Pumping And Storage Building, Missile Test And Assembly Building, Generator Building No

HB451502
Photocopy, Building And Road Layout Plans For Launch Area.

HB451503
Photocopy, Grading Plan Drawing Of Launch Area.


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Location
Beck Road between Nike & M Roads, Hecker%252525252Bvicinity, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-117
Significance: Constructed during the Cold War, Nike missile bases were an ever-present reminder to U.S. citizens that the peace gained after World War II was fragile. Following the war, the U.S. Army constructed Nike air defense systems around forty U.S. cities and military installations as protection against air attack by the Soviet Union. At its peak in 1963, the Nike defense system included approximately three hundred batteries in the U.S. All of the based have been deactivated and many destroyed. This Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documents the role of Nike Missile Base SL-40 in the defense of St. Louis, Missouri. Base SL-40 was one of five Nike installations that comprised the St. Louis (SL) Air Defense System, which was activated in June 1959 and deactivated in January 1969. four bases, including SL-40, served as batteries. The fifth base, Scott Air Force Base, served solely as the system headquarters. Although the missile equipment has been removed, Nike Missile Base SL-40 is one of the few remaining Nike batteries that exists almost in its entirety, and has been preserved through its use as a vocational school. Nike Missile Base SL-40's farmland surroundings have also changed little since the battery's construction in the late 1950s, and the base typifies the isolation and unobtrusive low-scale construction of most Nike missile installations.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OVERALL VIEW OF ENTRANCE TO BATTERY CONTROL AREA, LOOKING WEST.
2. PHOTOCOPY, BARRACKS, MESS HALL, AND ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.
3. PHOTOCOPY, BUILDING AND ROAD LAYOUT PLANS FOR BATTERY CONTROL AREA.
4. ENTRANCE TO LAUNCH CONTROL AREA, LOOKING SOUTH.
5. PHOTOCOPY, ENTRANCE AND READY BUILDING OF LAUNCH AREA.
6. PHOTOCOPY, WATER TREATMENT PUMPING AND STORAGE BUILDING, MISSILE TEST AND ASSEMBLY BUILDING, GENERATOR BUILDING No. 3, AND WARHEADING BUILDING OF LAUNCH AREA.
7. PHOTOCOPY, BUILDING AND ROAD LAYOUT PLANS FOR LAUNCH AREA.
8. PHOTOCOPY, GRADING PLAN DRAWING OF LAUNCH AREA.


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