Former Nike Hercules missile in St. Bonifacius stands as a reminder of the Cold War

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 5:35 PM

A Nike Hercules missile stands as a Cold War remnant in St. Bonifacius.

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K-LinoSep. 4, 1310:58 AM

St. Bonifacius would have been better served with a map of the world instead of another ridiculous military monument.

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bringlongSep. 4, 13 3:04 PM

There was a Nike Missile Base at Fort Snelling, MS-48DC, in what is now the south-east corner of Fort Snelling cemetery. The site was decommissioned around 1971, and most of the site torn down by 1979. Latitude-Longitude coordinates are 44.87055556, -93.00000000

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davemn55Sep. 4, 13 9:28 PM

I like the missile, its pretty cool. Way better than a map.

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phoilandSep. 4, 1311:43 PM

K-Lino, what makes this monument ridiculous? It is a local piece of world history that fortunately never had to be utilized for its intended purpose. Think of it not as an instrument of destruction, but as an implement of the peace it ultimately helped to provide.

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rkn55811Sep. 30, 13 5:30 PM

St. Bonifacius was the location of one of four firing batteries for the 13th Artillery Group (Air Defense Artillery). The other three were located in East Bethel, Farmington and Roberts WI. The HQ was on property that is now part of the Ft Snelling National Cemetary. I was stationed there 1969-1970 after returning from VietNam. One of my fondest memories was of being able to watch the filming of the original "Airport" movie during lunch breaks on the SE corner of the MSP airport.

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