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UER Forum > Archived US: Mid-Atlantic > Maryland Nike Launch Site (Viewed 8574 times)
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Maryland Nike Launch Site
< on 11/7/2005 3:39 PM >
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My write-up & pics
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The Place:

NIKE Missile Launch Site

Also known as:
"BA-09"

Location:
Fork, MD

Visited:
Yes

Current Owner:
John Mace
Fork, MD

Background:
The Nike named after the Greek goddess of victory, was the name given to a program that produced the worlds first successful guided surface-to-air missiles. During the start of the cold war the United States built Nike missile sites around populated areas due to the threat of a new wave of soviet long range bomber aircraft which were capable of carrying bombs well withing the continental US.

This Launch Control Area (LCA) site consits of about 10 acres. On site is a guardhouse, former barracks, water tanks, pump house, an acid-neutralization pit, three missile silos, three monitoring wells, and numerous trailers, autos and other misc junk.

In 1954, the United States Government obtained the land for the Fork Nike Launch site from Marie DeVault. The site formerly contained the equipment required to assemble, test, and maintain missiles and associated launchers. According to Mr. Mace, in 1962, the site was deactivated because it was unsuitable for the Hercules missile system that began deployment that year. Between 1962 and 1985, the site was inactive, and the property was still owned by the Federal Government. In 1985, John Mace purchased the property from the Federal Government for $65,000. For a short time in 1986, the property was leased to the Baltimore County Police Department. Since then, the property has been used by Mr. Mace for breeding horses and goats.

Status:
This site is on the State Master List that identifies potential hazardous waste sites in Maryland. Because of that it can't be used for much of anything and sits over-grown and piled with junk. The site barely resembles the military facility it used to be. The watch towers are gone and the access doors to the silos have been welded shut. Other access points have been locked via pad-locks.


Photos:

Some buildings... Overgrown and full of the owners junk.


A view looking down the row of silos.


A silo door.


Another silo door.


A little spooky at first glance this hatch and ladder climb was our way in.


A shower station inside one of the silos.


Pumps... Maybe fire system or missile lift hydrolics.


A view of the missile lift and silo doors from below.


I suppose when in use the missle lift would have sat in this hole making the missile itself accessible at floor level.


A double set of blast proof doors. This thick steel doors led back to a room which was empty.


The main entrance... was welded shut on the out side.


Ventilation on ground level.


Some type of crane/lift back in the woods off the main launch pad.


Another shower startion. These things were all over the place.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 1 on 11/7/2005 4:17 PM >
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VERY COOL. Seems the only nike stuff around me is a couple control site sheds and ruins. I'd LOVE to get into an underground launch site.


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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 2 on 11/7/2005 4:19 PM >
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Posted by yaggy
VERY COOL. Seems the only nike stuff around me is a couple control site sheds and ruins. I'd LOVE to get into an underground launch site.



Id like to see the other 2 underground sections at this site but the doors/hatches were either welded shut or pad-locked. Luckily one of them was locked only with a bolt & loose nut thru a chain

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 3 on 11/7/2005 10:51 PM >
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This is where there used to be several large towers that they took down is the last few years, right?

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 4 on 11/7/2005 10:57 PM >
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Awesome pics, Dan.


Hey, in the future, can you use the tag when posting large shots? It's helps the pages to load faster and puts up thumbnails automatically. Thanks.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 5 on 11/7/2005 11:02 PM >
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Posted by Roland
This is where there used to be several large towers that they took down is the last few years, right?


There were only watch towers at this site. At a nearby control site there were radar towers but they werent huge.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 6 on 11/7/2005 11:04 PM >
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Posted by abandonedsc
Awesome pics, Dan.


Hey, in the future, can you use the tag when posting large shots? It's helps the pages to load faster and puts up thumbnails automatically. Thanks.


Yea sorry, Ill have to figure out how that works. Your forum buttons dont have "mouse-over" tips so I havent quite figured out how everything works yet. Just not the same as the typical VBulletin im used too.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 7 on 11/8/2005 3:00 AM >
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Posted by SpookyDan


Yea sorry, Ill have to figure out how that works. Your forum buttons dont have "mouse-over" tips so I havent quite figured out how everything works yet. Just not the same as the typical VBulletin im used too.


Here are the instructions in all their glory:

http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread_archive.asp?fid=1&threadid=19492

Enjoy.
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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 8 on 11/8/2005 3:13 AM >
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Posted by abandonedsc


Here are the instructions in all their glory:

http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread_archive.asp?fid=1&threadid=19492

Enjoy.


does that only work with uploaded images? Mine are hosted on my own site and use img tags not the pic tags
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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 9 on 11/8/2005 3:18 AM >
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That's a good question....

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 10 on 11/8/2005 3:21 AM >
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BA-something Granite was the one with the real big tower array.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 11 on 11/10/2005 9:47 PM >
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Whats the security there?

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 12 on 11/12/2005 5:39 PM >
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is this worth the trip?

Where there is a tiny hole that no one else wants to squeeze into... ill be there.
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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 13 on 11/13/2005 12:42 AM >
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Posted by res_novae
Whats the security there?


Now that the leaves have mostly fallen its a highly visible area by both the farmer that owns the land and 4-5 houses that border the property. He might shoot you and say you were stealing some of his junk thats stored back there..

I thought it was worth seeing

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 14 on 11/13/2005 5:26 PM >
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Amazingly simalar to the nike base I did in WI. Almost identical!

Cool pics.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 15 on 11/13/2005 9:49 PM >
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i think im gonna try and stop by on my way up to phili... how long did you spend searching around

Where there is a tiny hole that no one else wants to squeeze into... ill be there.
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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 16 on 11/13/2005 9:57 PM >
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Posted by daklieb
i think im gonna try and stop by on my way up to phili... how long did you spend searching around


not very long.. the farmer was around and we could hear him messing around nearby.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 17 on 11/15/2005 1:52 AM >
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There were quite a few NIKE missile bases right around where my parents house is. I think only two have not been filled in yet, one around Sunshine and one off of Rigg's Road in Laytonsville. Unfortunately they all seem to have very, very tight security, especially since the Laytonsville one is under a still active National Guard post. I know a good amount of dark little secrets about the Laytonsville site since my father works for a certain national broadcasting company that tried to do a story on the site, but never got to finish it.

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 18 on 1/6/2006 4:21 PM >
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check out the abandoned nike base near kansas city called KC-30. its a little smaller, but its power grid is still up and www.undergroundozarks.com has video of the elevator and bay doors working after being abandoned for decades!

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Re: Maryland Nike Launch Site
<Reply # 19 on 4/29/2006 9:33 PM >
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I would assume that the showers are in case of a nuclear whatever, in order to "shower off" the radiation???

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