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Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rushmore Air Force Station, Security Central Control Building, Quesada Drive, Blackhawk, Meade County, SD



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Item Title
BWPhotos 214164

Location
Quesada Drive, Blackhawk%252525252525252525252525252525252525252Bvicinity, SD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS SD-21-E
Building/structure dates: 1951 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1994 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1996 demolished
This structure was demolished in 1996.

Significance: Constructed in 1952, the RAFS Security Central Control Building is significant for its association with American military policy during the Cold War years of the early 1950s. During this era, the United States embarked on a period of nuclear weaponry proliferation, fueled by post World War II diplomatic and military tensions between the US and the Soviet Union. These tensions resulted in the creation of thirteen nuclear weapons storage sites within the US, one of which is the Rushmore Air Force Station. These facilities were a central component of the US's nuclear weapons strategy to deter a Soviet attack against Western Europe or North America.

Subjects
Military Art & Science
Administration Buildings
Cold War


Related Names
Black & Veatch
Department Of The Army, Office Of The Chief Of Eng
Barbalace, Donald S., Photographer
Anderson, Kenneth L., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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