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Listen to's webmaster, John Ramsey being interviewed by WDRC's Dan Lavallo:

(July 21, 2011) was mentioned in the Hartford Courant!  The Courant's Peter Marteka  recently wrote two great articles on the state's former Nike Missile Bases: 

12/10 Article:

12/17 Follow up article:

We're always looking for information on Nike bases so if you served at one and have stories to tell and/or if you have photos or other  memorabilia please contact us at

(For more info. see "Bomb Alarm Network" page)

Welcome to, a site dedicated to preserving Connecticut's cold war history.  At the top of this page you will find links to pages on Cold War related Business and Industry, Civil Defense, Military Bases and Telecommunications.   Initially our emphasis will be on facilities, manufacturing plants, shelters and systems involved in supporting the Cold War effort in the CT area but be sure to check out our "Nearby Facilities" page for similar facilities elsewhere in New England and visit our companion site
     Please take a minute to sign our Guest book.

We're always looking for stories and photos from people who worked in Cold War era facilities and fields.  Contact us at

You may already know about the nuclear submarine base in Groton and about the numerous defense industries scattered throughout the state but did you know that during the Cold War years:

Hartford and Bridgeport were surrounded by missile sites which were on 24 hour
alert to shoot down incoming Russian bombers.

There was a secret naval nuclear reactor facility less than eight miles from
downtown Hartford.

Nuclear warheads were secretly deployed at various
locations around Connecticut, some literally right in people's back yards.

The Russians had not one but two thermonuclear weapons
 targeted at Hartford.

A number of civilian manufacturing facilities around the state were quietly asked to experiment with uranium and/or plutonium in the fifties and sixties.

There are reports that a bomb shelter for City of Hartford leadership was built under one of the city's public high schools.

An underground bunker built into the side of a mountain and staffed by Strategic Air Command senior staff was on alert for over 20 years just over the border in Massachusetts ready to fight World War III.
Pratt and Whitney built an entire factory to design a nuclear reactor to power a bomber.

A consortium of Hartford insurance companies and banks built a 10,000 square foot underground bunker 20 miles north of Hartford to protect
their records from atomic attack.

One of the casinos sits on the site of a former large Naval nuclear
fuel manufacturing facility.

A major buried communications cable ran the length of Connecticut connecting military bases up and down the east coast and serviced by a secret, 
underground bunker built to withstand a nuclear attack.

This site is a work in progress and submissions and comments are welcome.

Contact us at and please don't forget to sign the Guestbook.  You'll find us on Facebook as "CT Cold War".

Hits Since 12/1/10

Preserving Connecticut's Cold War History.

If you like this site check out our companion site:


What's New:
11/29/15: Updated Nike Milford page, Yale Accelerator page and WNLC Bomb Shelter page.
11/1/15:  Updated Guestbook.
5/23/15 Updated Nike Fairfield page.
5/1/15:  Updated University of Hartford Fallout Shelter and Htfd State Technical College pages. 4/25/15: Updated Nike Westport page.
4/24/15: Updated Chepachet, RI Bunker page.
4/20/015  Updated Nike Shelton page
4/15/2015:  Updated Guestbook.
8/19/14:  Updated Nike Milford page.
4/2/14: Added photos of mines to Fallout Shelters page.
1/13/14: Updated Canel, Combustion, Nike Ansonia, Nike Avon, Perkin Elmer, Stonybook, Westover AFB.
12/14/13: Added Loring AFB (under "Nearby Facilities", updated Pease AFB, Plum Island.
6/24/13: Updated Combustion Engineering, CANEL, Knoll Atomic and Nike Shelton.
6/8/13 Added "Alaska's Cold War Nuclear Shield".  Updated "Hartford Pubic High School",  Nike Shelton.
6/7/13: Updated Nike Manchester, Nike Milford, ATT Peru.
5/3/13: Updated Convex (lots of new info), updated Nike Milford, updated Civil Derense.
4/29/13:  Major update of Convex under Business and Industry.
1/24/13: Updated Navy Undersea Warfare Lab.
1/23/13: Updated Nike Portland, updated Telecommunications Cheshire.
12/7/12: Added ATT Peru
12/7/12  Updated: Submarine Base Groton, Nike E. Windsor, Bradley Int'l Airport. 
8/13/12: Updated Portland Nike page.
7/27/12: Updated Yale Linear Accelerator.
7/13/12: Updated ATT Netcong, NJ, Civil Defense and  contributors.
11/23/11:  Added photos and description of CANEL facility in Middletown.
11/22/11: Added link to Colin McEnroe's WNPR show.
11/21/11: Added page for Chepachet, R.I. bunker.
7/25/11: Added link to WDRC interview on the Cold War. Updated ATT Netcong (NJ) page.
7/8/11:  Updated American Chain and Cable, Fenn Corp, Bridgeport Brass.
7/3/11: Added photos to the Nike Portland page.
6/29/11: Updated CANEL page.
6/13/11:  Added images to the Nike Manchester page.
6/6/11:  Major upgrade of Nike Site pages.
6/4/11: Updated Fallout Shelter page to include information on using mines and caves as shelters.
6/1/11:    Added photos of Manchester missile battery.
5/31/11:  Added photos of Cromwell and Plainville Nike sites.
5/30/11:  Added photos of Portland Nike launcher from 1957 open house.
 5/29/11:  Added pictures of Portland Nike IFC site.
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