Whiteman AFB Minuteman Missile Site Coordinates

Whiteman Air Force Base, located in western Missouri, initially had 150 Minuteman I missiles which were in place around the end of 1963. In 1966 Whiteman became the first base to undergo an upgrade to Minuteman II which was completed by October 3 1967. Under the START-I treaty, Whiteman's missiles were phased out and the sites destroyed. The first silo was imploded on December 8 1993 and the last on December 15 1997.

A discussion of Missouri environmental cleanup projects includes Whiteman, see http://www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2087.pdf (link died, try http://web.archive.org/web/20070415070845/http://www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2087.pdf).

All of the USGS photographs were taken at some point during destruction or after destruction; in many cases you can see a hole where the silo was, which was an intentional demonstration to Russian satellites that the facility was no longer active. The holes were later filled and graded flat. The Google imagery is newer.

Missile Alert Facility Oscar-1 (O-1) was preserved. I understand tours can be arranged between early April and early October, on the first Tuesday of each month, by contacting the 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office by phone at (660) 687-6123 (per http://www.whiteman.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123059736).

508th SMS 509th SMS 510th SMS 351st MW 351st MW
(Patch images courtesy of USAFPatches.com. Note that the squadrons were probably Missile Squadrons, not Strategic Missile Squadrons, by the time they were inactivated but I could only find images for the latter).

The people: Whiteman's missiles were manned by the 508th MS (flights A-E, activated May 1 1963, deactivated ???), 509th MS (flights F, I, M-O, activated June 1 1963, deactivated ???), and 510th MS (flights G, H, J-L, activated June 1 1963, deactivated ???), under the 351st MW (activated February 1 1963, deactivated July 31 1995).

Today Whiteman is the home of the B-2 bomber. And their web site doesn't even mention missiles.

References include:

Each squadron was responsible for 5 flights of 10 missiles each, or 50 missiles. Sites are designated by flight, using one letter of the alphabet, followed by a number. The first site in each flight is #1 and designates the Missile Alert Facility (MAF) which consists of an above-ground structure plus an underground Launch Control Center (LCC) staffed by two officers. The Launch Facilities (LFs, i.e. missile silos) are numbered 2 through 11 and are connected to the MAF/LCC by the Hardened Intersite Cable System (HICS) which also interconnects flights.

In June of 2004 it was discovered there are ten former launch facilities for sale. Basically all you would get is a fenced and graveled enclosure. The sale is briefly discussed at http://propertydisposal.gsa.gov/Property/PropforSale/ShowProperty.ASP?PropertyID=979 (the link died, try http://web.archive.org/web/20060104053917/http://propertydisposal.gsa.gov/Property/PropforSale/ShowProperty.ASP?PropertyID=979) with a PDF file describing the property in detail, and terms of sale. The sale closing date was July 1 2004. D-10 is one of the sites (a photo of it is on the web site) but I haven't bothered to determine the rest. Some of the terms of sale include an agreement that the buyer will not install a water well, and will not excavate farther than two feet down. For perusal after the sale, I have saved the 44-page description here. In July 2005 I discovered another sale of Whiteman LFs, see http://propertydisposal.gsa.gov/Property/PropforSale/ShowProperty.ASP?PropertyID=1327 (the link died, try http://web.archive.org/web/20060103204937/http://propertydisposal.gsa.gov/Property/PropforSale/ShowProperty.ASP?PropertyID=1327), and I saved the Invitation for Bid here.

An article here discusses groundwater contamination in Kansas but also mentions in passing that a treatment system "is still going strong, cleaning drinking water at a contaminated site near Warrensburg, Mo." But that link died, try http://web.archive.org/web/20070823221512/http://www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/pubs/may04/story16.htm. I don't know exactly which site, there are several near Warrensburg.

For humor, I also include the nicknames given in Nuclear Heartland.


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39-04-04  93-26-19 A-1
"Smothered Conscience"

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39-07-03  93-22-34 A-2
"The Death of Us"

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39-03-46  93-19-25 A-3
"Blind Pony"

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39-00-33  93-23-32 A-4
"Take It Away"

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38-58-24  93-27-38 A-5
"Burns and Lacerations"

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38-57-43  93-35-04 A-6
"Gillam's"

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38-59-45  93-40-52 A-7
"My"

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39-02-35  93-33-11 A-8
"Lose It"

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39-03-09  93-38-14 A-9
"Oddity"

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39-07-57  93-37-52 A-10
"Jane's"
Incorrect coordinates (latitude of 39-03-57) were listed here until discovered and corrected 4/26/2010.

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39-07-38  93-29-07 A-11
"Black"

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38-55-38  93-12-42 B-1
"Military"

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39-01-59  93-11-52 B-2
"Save the People"

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38-58-06  93-07-33 B-3
"Stay Down"

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38-57-23  93-01-55 B-4
"Before You Go"

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38-53-29  93-07-34 B-5
"Minard's"

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38-51-34  93-12-32 B-6
"Another"

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38-46-17  93-13-23 B-7
"Not Well"

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38-51-24  93-19-35 B-8
"Huge"

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38-54-42  93-18-22 B-9
"We're History"

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38-55-31  93-23-46 B-10
"Over the Cliff"

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38-59-19  93-16-20 B-11
"All Done"

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38-48-00  92-57-05 C-1
"Unpleasant"

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38-52-58  92-53-42 C-2
"Anti-property"

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38-56-29  92-50-09 C-3
"Lela's"

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38-48-47  92-50-47 C-4
"Thomas Eagleton"
Thomas Eagleton was a Missouri senator from 1968 to 1987.

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38-44-01  92-51-04 C-5
"Pounce On"

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38-43-50  92-56-34 C-6
"Toy"

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38-40-35  93-00-02 C-7
"More of the Same"

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38-41-28  93-05-09 C-8
"Smith's"

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38-45-20  93-07-33 C-9
"Pass the Buck"

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38-46-34  93-02-34 C-10
"Animal Rights"

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39-00-37  92-57-12 C-11
"Located"

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38-36-45  92-47-15 D-1
"Tip Over"

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38-40-50  92-46-36 D-2
"Tonnage"

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38-42-46  92-40-28 D-3
"Colton"

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38-38-28  92-40-47 D-4
"Earl's"

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38-27-10  92-43-01 D-5
"Excel"

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38-27-38  92-48-26 D-6
"Versed"

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38-32-04  92-48-03 D-7
"Fortune"

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38-25-58  92-54-51 D-8
"Versatile"

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38-26-42  93-01-59 D-9
"Shove It"

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38-33-51  92-58-49 D-10
"Hidden"

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38-39-32  92-53-01 D-11
"Cause It"

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38-33-46  93-06-34 E-1
"Ban It"

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38-37-44  93-03-34 E-2
"Flat Creek"

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38-30-52  93-02-17 E-3
"Pay It Out"

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38-28-20  93-07-55 E-4
"Crock of"

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38-26-09  93-13-41 E-5
"Cold"

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38-30-34  93-12-11 E-6
"More"

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38-33-58  93-18-21 E-7
"Manila"

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38-34-37  93-12-11 E-8
"Spring Fork"

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38-37-23  93-16-24 E-9
"Sedate It"
Unusually long driveway.

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38-42-04  93-20-39 E-10
"Dated"

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38-37-44  93-09-12 E-11
"Eat It"

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38-28-48  93-26-00 F-1
"Abandon It"

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38-37-54  93-22-12 F-2
"Slime"

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38-32-12  93-23-04 F-3
"Ill"

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38-30-00  93-17-17 F-4
"Exit"

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38-26-56  93-20-58 F-5
"Abe's"

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38-22-43  93-20-06 F-6
"Presidential Directive"

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38-24-26  93-27-17 F-7
"Pale Pinto"

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38-19-59  93-32-39 F-8
"Tightwad"

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38-26-39  93-31-58 F-9
"D. Brook Bartlett"
D. Brook Bartlett was a judge of the US District Court for western Missouri. I'm not sure what the connection with nuclear deterrence is.

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38-33-28  93-31-46 F-10
"Winds of War"

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38-36-51  93-28-22 F-11
"Fudge"

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38-11-00  93-51-06 G-1
"Sue's"

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38-15-10  93-48-50 G-2
"Deepwater"

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38-12-18  93-45-36 G-3
"Hot Water"

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38-07-10  93-42-28 G-4
"Low Down"

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37-59-43  93-41-13 G-5
"Awful"

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37-53-35  93-38-29 G-6
"Call for Help"

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37-55-07  93-44-18 G-7
"Clark and Mary Beth's"

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37-58-25  93-47-07 G-8
"Raygun"

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38-07-37  93-54-24 G-9
"Take It"
In the older USGS photo, I just think it's interesting the way the road to the site just disappears. Usually a dead-end road makes an abrupt transition but this one slowly tapers to nothing. In newer Google imagery the road continues south.

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38-11-07  93-57-13 G-10
"Zip"

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38-14-32  93-54-25 G-11
"William Casey's"

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37-51-37  94-04-01 H-1
"No More Cheese"
Immediately southeast from a junk yard, now strangely appropriate.

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37-55-08  94-00-28 H-2
"Ruins"

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37-57-15  93-52-04 H-3
"Rot"

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37-52-39  93-52-13 H-4
"See Saw"

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37-51-43  93-56-47 H-5
"Choncho"

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37-43-39  93-55-00 H-6
"Marc's"

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37-45-58  93-59-04 H-7
"Fill It"

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37-46-34  94-04-16 H-8
"Molly's"

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37-48-48  94-09-09 H-9
"Mary's"

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37-52-07  94-11-54 H-10
"Dead Like"

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37-55-03  94-07-18 H-11
"Children's"
This was the last Minuteman II silo to be destroyed, on December 22 1997. See notes at the top of this page.

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38-28-49  93-44-57 I-1
"Close It Down"
Just one of those interesting angled MAFs.

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38-37-30  93-43-13 I-2
"Shanghai"

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38-35-23  93-38-08 I-3
"Tons"

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38-31-21  93-39-35 I-4
"Big Mo"

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38-30-00  93-35-01 I-5
"No Pal of Mine"

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38-26-58  93-40-02 I-6
"Nuclear Free"

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38-21-52  93-38-01 I-7
"Crumby"

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38-26-32  93-50-01 I-8
"Ladon, Kathy & Erny's"

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38-27-35  93-55-57 I-9
"Drudge"

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38-36-27  93-48-15 I-10
"Depression"
In the newer Google imagery the upper half of the LF is obliterated.

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38-33-12  93-45-31 I-11
"Oppression"

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38-08-10  94-06-27 J-1
"Roy's"

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38-15-59  94-01-10 J-2
"Wasted"
Interesting the way they had to locate the site, and run the driveway around some sort of hole in the ground.

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38-11-34  94-03-28 J-3
"Nobody's"

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38-06-29  93-59-53 J-4
"Eve of Destruction"

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38-04-27  94-04-11 J-5
"Times Are Changing"

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37-59-08  94-02-05 J-6
"Universal Soldier"

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37-58-48  94-07-06 J-7
"We Want Our Rights"

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38-05-29  94-10-27 J-8
"Sweet Sympathy"
September 17, 2005, for sale by the GSA. See http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/default.cfm?action=viewAuction&catId=3299 (oddly, they re-use the same URL for auctions so the current version has nothing to do with this, try the archived 1/1/2006 version at http://web.archive.org/web/20060101181310/http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/default.cfm?action=viewAuction&catId=3299). The Invitation for Bid (IFB) is at http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/documents/item/ACFB111.pdf. January 3, 2006, I noticed the auction was over as of 12/20/2005. The highest bid was $2,700 by a bidder named "shaka".

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38-07-33  94-15-04 J-9
"The Road to Find Out"

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38-10-03  94-11-01 J-10
"Underground Railroad"

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38-14-01  94-09-07 J-11
"Resistance"

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38-21-16  94-27-16 K-1
"George's"

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38-25-21  94-27-14 K-2
"Drain"

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38-23-47  94-22-51 K-3
"Dump It"

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38-20-21  94-20-09 K-4
"Pass It Up"

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38-15-41  94-16-02 K-5
"No Business"

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38-11-07  94-16-30 K-6
"Colleen's"

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38-17-43  94-24-36 K-7
"Ache"

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38-05-47  94-20-18 K-8
"For the Rich"

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38-12-32  94-23-42 K-9
"Jerry and Joe's"

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38-18-10  94-31-48 K-10
"Virgin"

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38-23-59  94-31-48 K-11
"Go Far Away"

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38-29-56  94-15-10 L-1
"All Sin"

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38-34-50  94-13-14 L-2
"Harried"

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38-35-07  94-06-06 L-3
"No Tours"

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38-35-07  94-00-49 L-4
"Henry's"

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38-37-49  93-54-14 L-5
"The lies"

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38-31-19  94-08-24 L-6
"No Garden"

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38-33-33  93-55-56 L-7
"Air"

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38-30-23  94-00-11 L-8
"Itch"

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38-26-37  94-18-52 L-9
"No Thank You"

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38-29-17  94-30-02 L-10
"Too Bad We Found It"

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38-32-35  94-20-58 L-11
"Your Sons"

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38-43-30  93-56-40 M-1
"John's"

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38-50-10  93-50-11 M-2
"Colon"

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38-50-35  93-44-34 M-3
"For the Birds"

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38-45-54  93-51-27 M-4
"Brian's"

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38-42-08  93-43-02 M-5
"Steve and Judy's"

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38-42-26  93-51-21 M-6
"Norm and Nancy's"

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38-40-01  94-00-12 M-7
"Sick Bed"

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38-41-12  94-06-23 M-8
"Gun"

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38-44-11  94-02-46 M-9
"The King's"
Near Kingsville, hence the nickname.

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38-47-20  93-59-32 M-10
"The Pits"

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38-50-49  93-57-33 M-11
"Vile"

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38-58-14  93-53-31 N-1
"Helen and Carl's"

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39-04-20  93-53-03 N-2
"Dottie's"

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39-07-14  93-43-54 N-3
"Ken's"

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39-03-17  93-43-54 N-4
"Hitch"

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39-00-16  93-48-51 N-5
"Pruning Hooks"

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38-56-16  93-44-15 N-6
"James Richard Sauder"
James Richard Sauder is a peace activist and author. He had a web site, sauderzone.com, which went away in 2006 but it's been archived here: http://web.archive.org/web/20060216043432/http://sauderzone.com.

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38-53-50  93-47-49 N-7
"Ear-ache"

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38-53-40  93-53-25 N-8
"Blinded"

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38-53-49  94-00-47 N-9
"Peter and Paul's"

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38-57-38  93-59-02 N-10
"No Life"

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39-01-52  93-58-10 N-11
"Martin's"

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38-43-14  93-33-57 O-1
"White Man's"
This Missile Alert Facility is actually on Whiteman Air Force base. The full-sized USGS photo shows O-1 near the southwest corner (it is at the center of the Google image), and the training silo a little farther NE. Because of its location on-base it was frequently used for VIP tours, not always appreciated by the alert crews who had to cover or stow classified material. It's now open to public tours, see notes at the top of this page.

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38-53-02  93-32-48 O-2
"Lana's"
September 17, 2005, for sale by the GSA. See http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/default.cfm?action=viewAuction&catId=3299 (oddly, they re-use the same URL for auctions so the current version has nothing to do with this, try the archived 1/1/2006 version at http://web.archive.org/web/20060101181310/http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/default.cfm?action=viewAuction&catId=3299). The Invitation for Bid (IFB) was at http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/documents/item/ACFB111.pdf but the link died, try http://web.archive.org/web/20060115093010/http://www.auctionrp.com/auctions2/documents/item/ACFB111.pdf. January 3, 2006, I noticed the auction was over on 12/27/2005. The highest bid was $3,600 by "kermit20".

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38-47-54  93-30-02 O-3
"Holly's"

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38-49-48  93-24-10 O-4
"The Family"

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38-45-07  93-25-35 O-5
"Don't Do It"

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38-46-05  93-20-00 O-6
"Twisted, Sightless Wrecks of Men"
One of the more interesting Nuclear Heartland nicknames, especially for the Whiteman sites.

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38-40-57  93-26-02 O-7
"Scott's"

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38-38-19  93-33-51 O-8
"Soldier Blues"

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38-41-18  93-38-19 O-9
"Mindless"

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38-48-06  93-36-59 O-10
"Ranger's"

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38-52-35  93-39-35 O-11
"Jeff's"

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38-43-21  93-33-48 T-12
This is the on-base training Launch Facility (silo). It is a short distance northeast of Missile Alert Facility O-1 which was the only MAF to be constructed on a base (the irregular polygon near the lower-left of the USGS image). One oddity is that it apparently had 4 gates, to allow crews to simulate any one of the 4 possible configurations in the field. Prior to its construction around 1966 or 1967, O-8 was used for training when needed. Since Whiteman now has no active missiles, this facility was apparently destroyed (based on more recent Google Earth images which show only vague traces of it, and the adjacent parking lot has expanded partially into T-12's space). I understand the National Park Service's Rocky Mountain System Support Office (PO Box 25287, Denver CO 80225-0287, as of DEC 96) had produced a Historic American Engineering Record to document T-12 at Whiteman. It's HAER # MO-88, and titled "Whiteman Air Force Base, Minuteman Missile Launch Facility Trainer T-12 (Whiteman AFB Facility 1100)." A relevant URL is http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/S?pp/hh:@field(TITLE+@od1(Whiteman+Air+Force+Base,+Minuteman+Missile+Launch+Facility+Trainer+T-12,+Northeast+of+Oscar-01+Missile+Alert+Facility,+Knob+Noster+vicinity,+Johnson+County,+MO)) except that link died, so try http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/MO1801/?sid=122c6bb02c4dc65c8cfb947347296228. Although the document has not been digitized, the above link does include 3 pages of drawings and 25 photos.

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38-43-30  93-32-20 WSA
Based on appearance, this must be the Weapons Storage Area (WSA). Notice the remnants of old runways criss-crossing just to the west of the WSA and even including the WSA.