“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fairfax Nike Missile Site

Fairfax Nike Missile Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 16, 2006
1. Fairfax Nike Missile Site Marker
Inscription. During the Cold War a ring of Nike anti-aircraft missile sites defended the nationís capital, reminiscent of the perimeter of forts that protected it during the Civil War. Just east of here was located the launch control equipment for one of the three Nike complexes in Fairfax County. To the west stood the missiles, poised on above-ground launchers. The U.S. Army (1954–1959) and the Army National Guard (1959–1963) operated this battery. Built to oppose Soviet air attack, this complex and those in Great Falls and Lorton were three of thirteen Nike sites that surrounded Washington and Baltimore.
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);
Fairfax Nike Missle Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 12, 2006
2. Fairfax Nike Missle Site Marker
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. (Submitted on July 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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.” (Submitted on September 4, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Nike Related Manuals, Books, Articles. (Submitted on February 12, 2006.)
Additional comments.
Fairfax County Parkway Approaching Popes Head Road Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 12, 2006
3. Fairfax County Parkway Approaching Popes Head Road

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.
    — Submitted July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 14,665 times since then. Last updated on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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