Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lorton Nike Missile Site
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-97.)
Location. 38° 42.393′ N, 77° 15.119′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Furnace Road (County Route 611) 0.4 miles west of Lorton Road (County Route 642), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lorton VA 22079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured Occoquan Workhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Occoquan Workhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Evolution of a Landscape – Plantation, Prison, Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Occoquan River Bridges (approx. 1½ miles away); Town of Occoquan (approx. 1½ miles away); Occoquan (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historic Occoquan - Center for the Processing of Grain (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Dogue Indians (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
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Also see . . . Historic Context of the Nike Missile Site. (Submitted on September 4, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. National Site
The Lorton site was often called the “National Site” and used to demonstrate the Nike system to domestic and foreign dignitaries. The official site ID was W-64. The actual control facility and launchers were used for a time as a maximum security prison. (Reference: “Rings of Supersonic Steel” by Mark L. Morgan and Mark A. Berhaw.)
— Submitted July 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Categories. • Air & Space • War, Cold •
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