Re: [coldwarcomms] DC-area nuclear Nikes
>Having lived in fairfax co. for many years and driving past the lortonsite
>almost every day in the early 80s i was very interested in the article.the
>site was in pristene condition as it was used by the prison to trainguards
>so i could not get in to explorethe
>however i have been to the other bases off pohick rd. badly vandalized by
>late 70s one bunker not flooded.I live in Falls Church, and two Sundays ago went to the Lorton area to see
what remains. Much of the Lorton prison complex has been closed, including
the minimum-security unit which occupies the missile site. The perimeter
is secured, and from the public road I couldn't see any unusual structures
- just a mix of old (possibly Nike-era) buildings, and modern ones.
There's an historical marker nearby, describing the Nike sites protecting
> the base at utterback store rd. was also inSadly, that site has been removed. All that remains is a spherical radome,
>great condition ,all buildings good no flooded bunkers
with two openings cut in it to make it a play structure, part of a county
park. Also some groundwater-monitoring wells.
> in fact they weresomething
>full of survival supplies !!!! some of them i liberated, cans of buiscuits
>and carbohydrate suppliment
>that were balls of hard candy. i wish i still had them being worth
>by now :)Right, I read somewhere about a guy who was selling his stash of that candy
as Cold War souvenirs!
>in fact this base still had power i turned on lights and the bay doorsi
>opened. this site seemed to be as large as the lorton site. at no time did
>see any signs or warningsseperate
>in the bunkers about nukes ie radiation warnings nor did i see any
>bunkers for the warheads, they would have been kept seperate fromthemissiles
>until use.I think the nukes were only at Lorton - not sure, though.
>also several books over the years mention another site near the pimmithills
>areaInteresting - I don't know of any missile sites near Pimmit Hills, and I
>some don't can anyone confirm?? anyone wanting more info please e-mail me
couldn't find any mention of one in "To Defend and Deter". Is it possible
that the site was some other kind of defense facility, like a radar or
(For those not familiar with the DC area, Pimmit Hills is a 1950s
residential neighborhood about 9 miles west of DC, just inside the Capital
- At 10:27 PM 5/10/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>Interesting - I don't know of any missile sites near Pimmit Hills, and ICheck out:
>couldn't find any mention of one in "To Defend and Deter". Is it possible
>that the site was some other kind of defense facility, like a radar or
>(For those not familiar with the DC area, Pimmit Hills is a 1950s
>residential neighborhood about 9 miles west of DC, just inside the Capital
It is the best list I know of all the NIKE site in the US.
- hi albert , yea the lorton site bunkers were paved over just before i moved
to fla. in late 91 or early 92 thats where the new bldg is just past hooes rd
. the low green bldgs with brick chiminys are nike, last i saw the guard
shack was still there that would make a neat souvineir :) also the other base
was on popes head rd not pohick
as i wrote earlier , now called nike park on maps. the site in pimmit hills
was described in a book called the history of fairfax co. i was digging
through the web and found a site where you could read this. it said the base
was located off magerity
or magretty rd.any such rd in that area ?? if i find this web site again i
will write it down . fyi there is a fellow in your area who regularly listens
to af -1 and the airforce
orderwire comms on wbfm in the mil air band e-mail address is hobnail@...
he reports some very interesting stuff .it may be of intrest to you. i also
enjoy reading your reports of inspecting various sites ..
thats all for now LOKUTIS