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Near Fort Riley in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Atomic Cannon

 
 
The Atomic Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
1. The Atomic Cannon Marker
Inscription.
Model. M65 280 m.m.
Weight. 42,500 lbs.
Length. 42 feet

(1) One of only (3) three in existence, the other two are located at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and the U.S. Army Ordinance Center in Aberdeen, Maryland. It was placed in service November 17, 1952 and deactivated August 1963. (2) 375 hp engines at 35 m.p.h. transported the cannon. It can fire a projectile, 11 inches in diameter for more than 20 miles. The cannon was never fired.
 
Location. 39° 2.272′ N, 96° 45.922′ W. Marker is near Fort Riley, Kansas, in Geary County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 70 at milepost 301 and Henry Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in a small park on the south side of Interstate 70 exit 301. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Riley KS 66442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mormon Trail (here, next to this marker); Private Robert T. Henry Bridge (approx. 1.4 miles away); East Riding Hall (approx. 1.9 miles away); "Duty" (approx. 1.9 miles away); M3A1 37 mm Anti-Tank Gun (approx. 1.9 miles away); M3 Personnel Carrier Half-Track
The Atomic Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
2. The Atomic Cannon Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); M24 Chaffee Light Tank (approx. 2 miles away); M36 Tank Destroyer (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Riley.
 
Regarding The Atomic Cannon. The cannon is reached by a winding trail up the side of the ridge adjacent to the park.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, Cold
 
The Atomic Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
3. The Atomic Cannon
Entrance gate to Fort Riley is in the background on the left.
The Atomic Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
4. The Atomic Cannon
The Atomic Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
5. The Atomic Cannon
The Atomic Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 11, 2011
6. The Atomic Cannon
view of the cannon from near Fort Riley's Henry Drive gate/visitor center.
The Atomic Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
7. The Atomic Cannon
Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon' image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 13, 2011
8. Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon'
Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon' image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 13, 2011
9. Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon'
also shows the vehicles developed to move the cannon
Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon' image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 13, 2011
10. Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon'
one of the two vehicles used to move the cannon.
Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon' image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 13, 2011
11. Fort Sill's 'Atomic Cannon'
 
 
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