Nike Missile Battery MS-40, County Road No. 260, Farmington, Dakota County, MN
Significance: The Nike missile system, first developed in the 1950s, was the United States' first and most widely deployed air defense missile system. Nike installations were a critical element in national air defense during the Cold War. While the U.S. military deployed on number of air defense systems during and after the Cold War, Nike was the most assessable to the public because of its numerous installations in close proximity to major metropolitan areas. Nike Battery MS-40, in Farmington Minnesota, is the best-preserved Nike installation in Minnesota. After decommissioning, missiles, fueling and guiding systems were removed but the remaining buildings provide a rich level of material. The Farmington site typifies the Nike system in its technical, operational and architectural elements and is a physical manifestation of American military history and of our nation's involvement in the Cold War.
Survey number: HAER MN-100
Building/structure dates: 1958-1959 Initial Construction