Located north of here was one of three Nike anti-aircraft missile complexes in Fairfax County operated by the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1954 and 1974. The sites were established during the Cold War to defend Washington from Soviet air attack. This complex, along with those at Great Falls and Fairfax, was among thirteen Nike sites that surrounded Washington and Baltimore. The ring of Nike sites was reminiscent of the perimeter of forts that had protected the capital during the Civil War. This was the only Nike complex in Fairfax County containing missiles armed with nuclear warheads. It served as a model site for visits by foreign dignitaries.
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Lorton, VA 22079. Located on Furnace Road (Rt. 611), 0.6 miles northwest of the intersection of Furnace Road (Rt. 611) and Ox Road (Rt. 123). Marker is on the right when traveling northwest on Furnace Road (Rt. 611).
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