Just to the southeast were radar and other control equipment that formed a portion of one of three Nike anti-aircraft missile complexes in Fairfax County. The site was operated by the U.S. Army between 1954 and 1962. Established during the Cold War to defend Washington from Soviet air attack, this complex, along with those at Fairfax and Lorton, was among the thirteen sites that encircled Washington and Baltimore. The ring of Nike missile sites was reminiscent of the perimeter of forts that guarded the capital during the Civil War. The missiles, positioned on above-ground launchers, were located near here to the west.
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Great Falls, VA 22066. Located on State Route 674, less than 1/5 of a mile south of the intersection of State Route 674 and Georgetown Pike (Rt. 193). Marker is on the right when traveling south on State Route 674.
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