For many years, it's been possible to visit a decommissioned nuclear launch facility in South Dakota to see remnants of America's nuclear missiles. (I myself took the tour with my family many years ago. The Park Rangers who escorted us on our tour were both retired Air Force officers who had served as Nuclear Launch Control Officers, so their insights and recollections were fascinating to hear.)
|A National Park Ranger shows visitors the top of a decommissioned Delta-09 nuclear missile silo. (From the National Park Service.)|
It would be fascinating (and frightening) to share these resources with our students in the spring when we're studying the Cold War. The detailed level of planning here clearly shows the extent to which America's leaders planned for a possible nuclear engagement.