Nike Missile Site in Pere Marquette State Park

guard_shack_pere_marquette(Near St. Louis, MO 2015) There’s a gorgeous park located across the river in Illinois called Pere Marquette. It’s known for being a good place for bird watching, specifically the bald eagles that over-winter in the park. What most people don’t know is that it used to be home to one of four Nike missile sites meant to protect St. Louis in the event of a nuclear war. This page, describing another site in Heckler, IL, gives a nice historical summary of why they were put here.

Visitors are not allowed to go through the site itself, so the only thing visible is the old guard shack behind a chain link fence.