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Nike Hercules Missile, U. S. Army, (former) Nike Missile Base MS-70, Minnesota, St. Bonifacius | by EC Leatherberry
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Nike Hercules Missile, U. S. Army, (former) Nike Missile Base MS-70, Minnesota, St. Bonifacius

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The Nike Hercules missile on display in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota is one of only a few remaining from the Cold War Era. The missile was based at Nike Base MS-70 just north of St. Bonifacuis. Missiles at the base were stored underground and launched above ground. The missile had a range of 90 miles. The base was in operation from 1959 to 1972. Base MS-70 was one of four that protected the Minneapolis-St. Paul area from possible Soviet Union bomber attack during the Cold War. The three other Nike bases protecting the Twin Cities were at Roberts, Wisconsin, Isanti, Minnesota, and Castle Rock Township, Dakota County, Minnesota.

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Taken on July 30, 2011