You Can Visit An Abandoned Cold War Missile Silo In This Wisconsin Park

For those too young to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Cold War at all, the idea of a need for eight different government defense area sites around Milwaukee seems unfathomable or maybe even a bit silly. But for those who lived through the heightened awareness of the threat of nuclear war, the remnants of these missile sites are a reminder of a very different time in their lives and serve as an important part of the country’s history. In Waukesha, one of the abandoned Nike missile sites is part of a public park and a local group would like it turned into a Cold War Museum. Either way, this site is right in our backyard and can be visited at any time.

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