Near Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fairfax Nike Missile Site
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 98.)
Location. 38° 48.98′ N, 77° 20.764′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fairfax County Parkway (County Route 7100) south of Popes Head Road (County Route 654), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairfax Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fairfax Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Clara H. Barton (approx. 1.4 miles away); Skirmish at St. Maryís (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Maryís Catholic Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bull Run Battlefields (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fairfax Rosenwald School (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Areal View of Fairfax Site Control Facilties.
2. Answer Man Fires Off A Bit of Cold War History. From a Washington Post article, published Sunday, November 26, 2006: “ The Army left the Popes Head site in 1961. Fairfax County paid $108,700 for the land in 1984 and demolished the buildings soon after. Today, part of the site is a public works storage yard and part is a park. No traces remain of its former purpose.”
3. Nike Related Manuals, Books, Articles.
1. Site ID W-74
According to "Rings of Supersonic Steel" by Mark L. Morgan and Mark A. Berhow, the Fairfax site was designated W-74. The facilities were apparently transfered over to Fairfax County and used for maintenance facilities. Based on the location descriptions (South of Popes Head Road) some of the structures may be in Popes Head Stream Valley Park.
Categories. • Air & Space • War, Cold •
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