Ranchers Meet Missileers - Wall, SD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 43° 50.004 W 101° 54.032
14T E 266798 N 4857459
Quick Description: This is one of three discriptive markers outside of the Headquarters for the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:34:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM6NY6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 9

Long Description:

Ranchers Meet Missileers

…a lot of the people that were having these sites put on their place had settled in this area in horse and buggy… now you’re putting a hole in the ground for a missile that could launch an go… 5,000 miles and blow up millions of people… those types of things were hard for people to even pu their arms around.

Gene Williams, South Dakota Rancher

I feel what we did, we won the Cold War without firing a shot… you notice the Berlin Wall is down… we were there at a time when we needed to be there. And I think we made a significant contribution.

Alonzo Hall, Ellsworth Air Force Base missileer

Homesteaders filed claims in South Dakota as late as 1910. Ranchers in the 1960s used tools and followed seasonal patterns well known to their grandparents. Few families ever imagined that the federal government would install the latest intercontinental ballistic missile silos here.

Marker Name: Ranchers Meet Missileers

Marker Type: Other

Marker Text:
…a lot of the people that were having these sites put on their place had settled in this area in horse and buggy… now you’re putting a hole in the ground for a missile that could launch an go… 5,000 miles and blow up millions of people… those types of things were hard for people to even pu their arms around. Gene Williams, South Dakota Rancher I feel what we did, we won the Cold War without firing a shot… you notice the Berlin Wall is down… we were there at a time when we needed to be there. And I think we made a significant contribution. Alonzo Hall, Ellsworth Air Force Base missileer Homesteaders filed claims in South Dakota as late as 1910. Ranchers in the 1960s used tools and followed seasonal patterns well known to their grandparents. Few families ever imagined that the federal government would install the latest intercontinental ballistic missile silos here.


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