Monday, April 5, 2010

Titan Missile Museum

After getting annoyed by few caches I couldn't find on Saturday I decided to go for a virtual and kill some time. The virtual geocache was in Green Valley at the Titan Missile Museum. You don't have to go in or go on a tour to get the information to claim the cache - but If I'm there and I have time I like to experience all that I can!

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I'll be honest, I didn't really know much about the place before going. Ha, I didn't even know it was underground! So, I'm glad I went on the tour. It was pretty interesting and I learned a few things!

Basically the site was one of 54 nuclear missile launch/housing sites build during the cold war. In 1982 all sites but this one were destroyed. In is in no way active and today, serves only as a museum.

"Peace by deterrence"
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Looking down into the missile silo.

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Bart, our tour guide. He worked at a a different missile site when they were active back in the day. Today he volunteers and gives awesome tours!

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This is the command center. It took 4 people to run the site and they worked in pairs. they could only be alone in the crew quarters. Everywhere else was a "No lone zone."

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The walk to the missile... where I didn't get any decent shots ;-)

Now for a random Titan Missile Museum fact, that only people like my dad would appreciate (Hi Dad!)
  • Several scenes in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact were shot at the site. The missile itself was depicted to be the launch vehicle for the film's Phoenix spacecraft.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a really interesting place. Scarey to think about though - even though that 'Life' magazine cover kind of made me laugh.

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  2. Wish there were more of these caches to be discovered. Much more fun than a 35 mm film canister.

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  3. Once I saw this blog I had to ask my husband if he had been to this museum and of course he had! He went when he lived in Sierra Vista, AZ. Look like a cool museum.

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  4. Great photos... thanks for sharing.

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  5. wow so cold. but I liked watching star trek the NEXT GENERATION. hehe

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  6. Terrific pictures. Would love to see it in person some day.

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  7. What a cool museum. Although I bet working in a missile silo, wondering about all of the what ifs must have played with their heads. Is that why there were no alone zones?

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