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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is one of the newest units in the United States National Park System. It was established in 1999 to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development.  in South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W).  is the only park site whose primary purpose is to tell the story of the Cold War.

The park's resources include a deactivated intercontinental ballistic missile silo and a launch control facility where soldiers waited in an underground capsule for presidential instructions to launch Minuteman II missiles. The missiles were key to the U.S. military's defense systems during the Cold War.

After the Soviet Union fell and the arms reduction treaty was signed with Russia in 1991, the missile program was decreased dramatically.

The National Park Service is now planning for the site, a portion of which could open next summer.
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