Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Nike Missile Site LA96C
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.
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, and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, Cold.
Location. 34° 7.727′ N, 118° 30.804′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Mulholland DriveTouch 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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hammat Tiberias (approx. 2 miles away); Encino Oak Tree (approx. 2.2 miles away); 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 Dekker House (approx. 4 miles away); Arens House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Hamma House (approx. 4.2 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.)
2. San Vicente Mountain Park. (Submitted on March 29, 2020.)
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