Super web site. I remember when I was very young, seeing the guards at the gates of the Portland/South Glastonbury Nike site. It was very spooky to see the building lit up at night (launch area administration building was next to the road) and all the barbed wire atop the chain link fencing.
As soon as the site was closed in Early '64, it was vandalized. My folks were glad when the base closed and the the missiles moved away. I remember them being being nervous during the Cuban missile crisis; our family was only a few miles to the north of the launch area.
In the 70's, before the remaining structures were raised (1976, I think), my classmates from Glastonbury High School had keg parties below ground at the launch site. It was a place where the police never checked.
The Launch control area on top of the hill off of Del Reeves Rd was a youth camp, YCCC, for troubled boys. The place looked ship shape in the mid 1980's (with the Stars and Stripes waving atop the tall metal flagpole, but today, it is a dangerous place to visit with the open manholes and broken glass. I'm not sure if the buildings there collapsed under the weight of snow, or they were knocked down and not cleared away.
In recent years, illegal fireworks confiscated by the State of Connecticut were destroyed in the motor pool area, just to the south of the elevator doors.
It's amusing to see the three phase AC lines running down the road to the launch site, then take a 90 degree turn to run up the hill to the control site.
This is great local, cold war history. Thank you very much for putting this site together.
Bill Parquette lll said:March 18, 2012 4:13 am PST
My father Bill was at cold water between 57 and 62 not sure on exact dates.Would love any stories you guys could share.Sadly Bill passed on jan 08 2010.Thank you in advance.
Andrew said:March 7, 2012 8:36 am PST
Great site. I am a big history buff. heard about this from the NEAM facebook page.
Steve Zeigler said:March 2, 2012 6:00 pm PST
MP/Dog Handler – Sgt E-5 at C-5-56 Dillsboro Nike Hercules Site (listed as CD-63). My dog was "Duke". Upon my Army separation, I returned to my broadcasting career in Canton, Ohio. “Duke” was donated to the Aurora Police Dept. where he became a hero by 'treeing' some bad guys. Worked in Miami, FL for most of my career. Retired now after 33 years in radio and TV - living in Venice, Florida. firstname.lastname@example.org
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George Husted said:February 26, 2012 5:11 am PST
I served in the US Army National Guard as an Engineer, Combat, Heavy 51B during the Cold War years from 1984 - 1992 (and afterwards until 2002). I was in the 890th ENG, Co. B and the 769th ENG, Co. B, and the Facility Engineers MA STARC, and the Site Support Detachment CT HQ STARC during those years. Thanky you for this site. Bravo Zulu!
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