Nike Missile Site SF-88, Mill Valley

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SF-88 is a former Nike Missile launch site at Fort Barry, in the Marin Headlands to the north of San Francisco, California, United States. Opened in 1954, the site was intended to protect the population and military installations of the San Francisco Bay Area during the Cold War, specifically from attack by Soviet bomber aircraft.

The site was originally armed with Nike Ajax missiles, and modifications were made to the site in 1958 to allow it to also be armed with Nike Hercules missiles. In 1974, SF-88 was closed but was not demolished. It is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to visitors. Visiting day is Saturday 12:30 - 3:30 PM, with formal tours occurring every 45 minutes. A special open house day with Nike veterans occurs on the first Saturday of each month. Restoration work to the site is done on remaining Saturdays by volunteers.

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  • Having been a Nike Hercules radar operator I found this area to be very interesting. The differences in they way the mission was carried out were as interesting as the similarities. A nice piece of....  more
    Having been a Nike Hercules radar operator I found this area to be very interesting. The differences in they way the mission was carried out were as interesting as the similarities. A nice piece of....  more »
  • We had a little trouble finding the place once we got up on the Marin Headlands. When we arrived they were near closing time. The place is run by volunteers and they don't work overtime. We managed... 
    We had a little trouble finding the place once we got up on the Marin Headlands. When we arrived they were near closing time. The place is run by volunteers and they don't work overtime. We managed...  more »
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  • The book (The Last Missile Site) was better than the actual show. Sadly, when the vets pass so will the physical history. Clearly, the monetary will to maintain and show the site is marginal at best.
  • This is such a hidden gem! It brings a new appreciation to how we defend our country and its effectiveness. The docets really know thier stuff, since they used to operate the equipment there.

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