“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tiburon in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Cold War Defense

Cold War Defense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 3, 2013
1. Cold War Defense Marker
Inscription. In 1954 Angel Island became one of nineteen Nike Missile sites in the Bay Area. There were three underground magazines, each storing 12 Nike – Ajax anti-aircraft missiles. The missiles had a range of 25 miles and were raised to the surface by hydraulic elevators and pushed manually on rails to the launchers.

A radar control station was placed on Mt. Livermore and three notches were carved in the hill to improve line of sight. With the development of ICBMs (Inter-Continental Ballistics Missiles), Nike missiles became obsolete. The Army dismantled the installation in 1962, ending a military presence of the island that endured from the Civil War to the Cold War.
Location. 37° 51.344′ N, 122° 25.407′ W. Marker is near Tiburon, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Perimeter Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Play Games (approx. 0.3 miles away); 600 Bunkmates (approx. half a mile away); Fort McDowell’s General Store (approx. half a mile away); Guarding the Post (approx. half a mile away); Ministering to all Faiths
Cold War Defense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 3, 2013
2. Cold War Defense Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Shipping Out and Coming Home (approx. half a mile away); Bowling and Dollars (approx. half a mile away); Treating the Troops (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tiburon.
Regarding Cold War Defense. Perimeter Road is a 5 mile, mostly paved, walking/bicycle path that goes around Angel Island. Angel Island State Park is accessed by ferry from Tiburon.
Also see . . .  Nike Missle Site - Angel Island Conservancy. A Nike anti-aircraft missile site, one of eleven Nike batteries built in the Bay Area during the Cold War, was placed on the southeast corner of the island, just behind Point Blunt. (Submitted on October 12, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. War, Cold
Looking Northwest through "Notch" image. Click for full size.
July 24, 2013
3. Looking Northwest through "Notch"
Visible here is one of the three notches carved into the hillside to improve the line of sight for the Nike missile crew.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on . • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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