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|CANCELLED Minuteman Missile Tour - Class Full||Chamberlain||-1||8/18/2017|
CANCELLED Minuteman Missile Tour
Saturday, Oct. 7; Duration of event TBD, includes travel time
Cancelled due to temporary suspension at the Delta-01 site for maintenance work.
This tour site is located right along I-90 at Exit 131. More definitive information on transportation logistics will be coordinated with attendees.
For thirty years starting in 1963, the Minuteman Missile Site was operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. South Dakotans had been living side by side with nuclear weapons. The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site tells the story of Minuteman Missiles, nuclear deterrence, and the Cold War. Join us as we travel to the Minuteman Missile Site’s Visitor Center and tour the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility. In addition to checking out the exhibits at the Visitor Center, we will have the opportunity to go underground to the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility. Anyone not capable of or interested in touring the underground facility can spend more time at the Visitor Center.
There are requirements to tour the underground facility. The tour lasts about 30 minutes and just six people at a time can participate in the underground tour. No bags, such as backpacks, camera bags, or purses are allowed inside Delta-01. Visitors must be physically capable of climbing two 15 foot ladders which are permanently attached to the wall. The ladders will be used only if there is an elevator failure. You must be comfortable in a small elevator and with heights of approximately 35 feet or about three stories. The elevator door is an open grate, not a solid door. Entering the control center also requires passing through a narrow corridor.
At the missile site, six people will be in the first Delta-01 tour group @ 1:15 pm and four people will be in the second Delta-01 tour group @ 2:00 pm. While one tour is occurring, the other group can visit the museum. Reservations are required for the Delta-01 underground facility. Sign-up is required by Monday, September 25 through Crystal Ashley. Cost: $6 for ticket to Minuteman Missile Delta-01 Site, plus there may be other nominal costs associated with the trip.
After touring the Minuteman Missile Site, we will be making a side trip to visit the Prairie Homestead listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Prairie Homestead, built in 1909, is the original sod home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown. We can rent pioneer clothing to wear while we are exploring the outbuildings and the sod house, making our photographs extra special. This trip will be an extreme mix of eras, studying the close calls with nuclear weapons at the Minuteman Missile site and the close calls with Mother Nature at the Prairie Homestead.
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