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This site was operational from 1956 - 1963.
Missile Types were Ajax only, Nike 1B, 2C/30A/12L-A.
The IFC (radar) site was on Del Reeves Road in Portland, in the Meshomasic State Forest (see photos from 2011 site visit below).
The launch site was on Clark Hill Rd. in South Glastonbury, also in the Meshomasic State Forest (see photos from 2010 site visit below).
On May 18, 1957 the Army hosted an open house at the S. Glastonbury Nike battery. The photos below are from that event.
Nike Ajax missile being inspected.
Aerial view of the Portland, CT Launch Battery (date unknown).
Aerial view of the Portland, CT Launch Battery, Oct. 21, 1959.
Missile ready to fire.
Nike Ajax being inspected on it's way to the launch pit.
(Above) View of one of the underground "pits", 2010.
(Below) Launch site photos from a August, 2010 visit.
Entrance. The guard house would have been just past the gate on the right.
These steps would have connected the guard shack to the
All that's left of the guard shack is this foundation.
Close up of well worn stairs to the enlisted barracks.
Foundation of the enlisted barracks.
From the lower base this road leads to the missile battery area.
The remains of one of the launcher "pits" can be seen here. The underground batteries were partially filled and then covered over with fill.
Small building foundation near the missile battery, perhaps the missile assembly building?
The other end of the missile battery.
The battery area has been covered with wood chips.
Foundation of the BOQ and medical office. "...rifles and gas masks were also stored in a secure room in that building.." according to one contributor.
Spots of glue the held the floor tiles down in the enlisted barracks.
Remains of an unknown device or structure.
A hint that there are sub-surface structures, particularly under the missile battery area.
It's unusual to find three phase power out in the middle of nowhere. We found thick telephone cable and 3 phase power running through the forest connecting this site to the corresponding IFC site on nearby Del Reeves Rd. One contributor recounted the story of how Navy Seals penetrated a Nike missile battery in a test of security by utilizing the overhead power lines. They allegedly painted a large black "X" on the back of the launch control trailer to prove that they had been there!
Remnants of the security fencing to the right of the entrance. In addition to
armed guards some Nike sites used attack dogs.
A contributor submitted the photos below of the remains of one of the Portland Nike missile underground batteries taken in 2009.
One of the personnel access hatches.
The pictures below are of the IFC (radar) site on Del Reeves Road in Portland.
Images from May, 2011 site visit to IFC radar site
Gate. The guard shack was reportedly on the right just inside the
gate. No sign of it now other than a depression in the ground.
Looking up the road toward the site from the gate.
One of many building foundations.
There were numerous paved paths leading off into the woods.
Local mountain bikers had built a neat ramp on this foundation.
Remains of floor tiles.
The base flagpole still stands after nearly 50 years!
The site is so overgrown one has to look very
hard to find some remaining items. Can you see the
flagpole in this image?
The structure was in the vicinity of where the electrical power
entered the base.
A number of the buildings looked as if they had simply
collapsed upon themselves. Reportedly the buildings
were still standing in early 2010.
Luke, the colwar-ct.com exploration dog, participated in this
The area was full of concrete footings such as this one. At
other CT sites we've seen radar platforms sitting on
footings such as this.
We've seen this exact same thing at other sites.
Not sure what this metal assembly was used for.
Another metal pole still intact.
This brick lined manhole was in the vicinity of the
transformer pad, for access to
underground utilities such as water and sewer.
Can you see the flag pole in the trees?
If you look closely you can see the cross member
of an old utiity pole. This is where 3-phase power
and communications cables entered the site
from the assoicated missile battery area
a mile away.
The site was very overgrown . . . we plan on coming back in the late
fall for a better view.
This large metal tank was above the barracks area and was
probably used for water.
Overgrown utility pole.
Access hole with ladder in the middle of the parking lot
makes us think that this was a manhole for utilities. It had been filled
in with dirt so we were not able to determine its function.
Access to underground utilities?
A storage tank of some kind used to sit on these concrete
supports which were adjacent to a large metal tank.
One of several stairs from the parking lot to the
Another set of stairs from the parking lot to the barracks area.