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Wyoming Plans to Open Former Nuclear Launch Site as Tourist Attraction

Features & Advice | Donald Wood | April 21, 2015

Wyoming Plans to Open Former Nuclear Launch Site as Tourist Attraction

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Visiting historical locations can be one of the most interesting parts of taking a vacation, and a place that could become part of any adventure-seeker’s itinerary is the former nuclear launch site that will open to the public in Chugwater, Wyoming.

According to The Associated Press, the Wyoming state legislature approved a plan that would convert the Quebec-01 missile silos, surrounding buildings, and underground areas into a historical landmark tourists could visit as homage to those who served during the Cold War.

The report claims the local government approved a proposal of $175,000 for the military to come in to do any necessary repairs and renovations needed before it would become a state-owned historical site.

Before tourists get too excited, the renovation project is expected to take about five years to complete. 

Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources director, Milward Simpson, told The AP about what the former nuclear launch site means to the state and the entire nation:

“It's part of our history that is very unique to Wyoming. We don't have a lot of other similar facilities we can point to that tell the story of the Cold War. It’s not significant just to the state but to the United States of America and the world.”

The old buildings and silos were used as the heart and soul of the United States missile defense program. The facilities were built in 1962, the same year as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and were a focal point of the government throughout the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

While the underground chambers sit relatively abandoned now, they once held missiles that could carry nuclear warheads to targets around the world. Thankfully, the base wasn’t used to attack our Cold War enemies, but tourists will soon be able to catch a glimpse of the archaic missile defense system.

In a few years when a traveler decides to drive across the county, a stop in Wyoming to see the nuclear launch site near F.E. Warren Air Force Base will be a must-see destination on the itinerary.

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