During the Cold War a ring of Nike anti-aircraft missile sites defended the nation's capital, reminiscent of the perimeter of forts that protected it during the Civil War. Just east of here was located the launch control equipment for one of the three Nike complexes in Fairfax County. To the west stood the missiles, poised on above-ground launchers. The U.S. Army (1954-1959) and the Army National Guard (1959-1963) operated this battery. Built to oppose Soviet air attack, this complex and those in Great Falls and Lorton were three of thirteen Nike sites that surrounded Washington and Baltimore.
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Fairfax, VA 22030. Located on Fairfax County Pkwy (Rt. 7100), 0.5 miles south of the intersection of Fairfax County Pkwy (Rt. 7100) and State Route 654. Marker is on the left when traveling south on Fairfax County Pkwy (Rt. 7100).
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