Near Philip in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
…(for) people who are on alert at the launch missile control centers it's very much an invisible thankless job.…nobody sees what they do, nobody cares about it. I see them as almost invisible warriors, the security police that are there, the facility managers, the chefs… they're just out there in the middle of nowhere 24 hours a day and I think it's good that people know they're out there doing a job that not everybody can do and not everybody wants to do.
Wendy McNeil, Ellsworth Air Force Base Missileer, February 1991 to December 1992.
20 feet below you is the underground Launch Center for the missiles of the Delta Flight. Even at the height of the Cold War, Delta-01 looked like little more than the average ranch house. The facility may have sat quietly off the highway, but ever watchful personnel kept an eye out for visitors. Security was maintained at the highest level. Even if you worked for the Air Force, you would have to use the gate telephone to contact a security policeman inside. Only by having the proper codes could you gain entry.
Tours of this facility are offered throughout the year.
Location. 43° 52.669′ N, 101° 57.655′ W. Marker is near Philip, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker can be reached from CS-23A (at milepost 127), 0.6 miles north of Interstate 90. Touch for map. The marker is in the parking lot of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 which is part of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Philip SD 57567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Closer than You Imagined (approx. 4.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camps (approx. 4.7 miles away); Typical Sod House Homesteader (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Badlands Wall (approx. 7 miles away); A 75-Million-Year Walk (approx. 7.6 miles away); What a Find! (approx. 7.6 miles away); Bands of Time (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dying to Become a Fossil (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philip.
Also see . . . Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, Cold •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.