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Nike Missile Site LA96C

 
 
Nike Site Marker - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
1. Nike Site Marker - Panel 1
Inscription.  
Panel 1:
Formerly a Nike Missile control site, U.S. Army 1956-1968. Currently San Vicente Mountain Park, gateway to the Big Wild. Restricted entry, vehicles with handicapped permits only beyond this point. Welcome.


Panel 2:
During the Cold War this was a military reservation. LA96C was one of 16 Nike missile sites that protected Los Angeles from a feared attack by Soviet bombers. It was an active battery from 1956-1968 with radar searching the sky for enemy airplanes. New military technology made the Nike missiles obsolete, and the site has been made into a park. Nature is reclaiming the military ruins.
 
Erected by Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceParks & Recreational AreasWar, Cold.
 
Location. 34° 7.727′ N, 118° 30.804′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Memorial is on Mulholland Drive one mile
Nike Site Marker - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
2. Nike Site Marker - Panel 2
west of Encino Hills Drive, on the left when traveling west. Located at San Vicente Mountain Park. The last mile of Mulholland Drive is a rough dirt road, often closed to vehicles. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17500 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mulholland Drive Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); De La Osa Adobe (approx. 2.3 miles away); Adventures of Superman (approx. 3.3 miles away); Van Nuys Library (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Country General Store (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Baird House (approx. 5˝ miles away); Old Trapper's Lodge (approx. 5.6 miles away); Dickson Plaza and Dickson Court (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
More about this marker. Signs are styled to give you the feeling of a heavily secured and harsh military outpost.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nike Sites Around Los Angeles. Website of Fort MacArthur Museum in San Pedro has details of all local Nike sites. (Submitted on June 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 

2. San Vicente Mountain Park. (Submitted on March 29, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
 
Nike Missile Site Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
3. Nike Missile Site Entrance
Panel 1 is visible on the right and Panel 2 is on the left. At top center is an abandoned Nike radar tower, still seen today on mountains all around the Los Angeles area.
Sentry Post image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
4. Sentry Post
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
5. Nike Missile Site
Signs located at each area give details about the Nike site. Stairs allow visitors access to the top of the tower.
Site Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
6. Site Map
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
7. Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
8. Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
9. Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
10. Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 9, 2018
11. Nike Missile Site
Nike Missile Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, June 1, 2018
12. Nike Missile Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 156 times this year. Last updated on March 2, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7, 8, 9. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   10, 11, 12. submitted on June 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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