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Location DB > United States > Michigan > Newport > Abandoned Nike Missile Site
Abandoned Nike Missile Site
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created by ilduce on 7/7/2007 1:11 AM
last modified by ilduce on 7/7/2007 1:20 AM
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Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
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Newport, Michigan
United States
Owner: Government
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  •  Interesting Features
    Massive, 1/2 mile wide hexagonal landing strip. Plenty of buildings in various states of decay.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • welded doors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1942
    Closed: 1974
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    The following information was extracted from Appendix B "Locations of former NlKE Missile Sites" in Historical Overview of the NIKE Missile System by McMaster et al. published in 1983.

    The Detroit Defense area included a total of 16 NIKE Batteries which ringed the city of Detroit, Michigan. The 3rd Artillery/4th Battalion Command which was part of the 18th Battalion was Headquartered at Detroit, Michigan. The Newport D-57NIKE Battery and the Carleton D-58 NIKE Battery were under the
    command of the 517th Artillery/2nd Battalion which was part of the 504 Battalion headquartered at Detroit, Michigan. Batteries C and D at the Newport NIKE Missile Battery D-57/58 housed NIKE Ajax from 1955 through 1958 and NIKE Hercules from 1960 through 1974.[52]
    Although documentation concerning specific construction activities relating to the Detroit Defense area batteries is scarce, it appears these facilities are typical of NIKE sites in general. Most of the NIKE batteries were constructed and operationalized between 1955 and 1957. All of the NIKE batteries protecting the Detroit defense area were conv'erted from Ajax to Hercules between 1959 and 1963.

    NlKE Missile Battery D-57/58.

    The Newport NIKE Battery D-57/58 appears in documentation under several different names. Known initially as the Newport NIKE Battery D-57, this name derives from the facility's former function as the Newport Naval Station.

    The NIKE Battery is also referred to in some government documents as the Carelton NIKE Battery D-58, and in the early 1960's became popularly known as the Monroe NIKE Base.

    NIKE Missile Base D-57/58 is located south of the city of Detroit in a largely agricultural area. However, unlike many NIKE sites, which were constructed on previously unused or vacant land, NIKE Missile Battery D-57/58 was constructed on the site of the former Newport Naval Air Station at N. Telegraph and Newport Roads in Monroe County, Michigan.

    The base was first utilized as an emergency landing strip and training site for Navy pilots from 1942 to 1945.[54] The site was part of the Grosse Ille Naval Air Station and consisted of 480.72 acres acquired by the United States Government in 1942 from William G. Vetter.[55] The site briefly housed German POW s in 1945 and 1946. The base was also utilized as the Airport Community High School from 1947 to 1953. The Department of the Navy transferred the entire acreage, including 18 structures, to the Department of the Army in 1954. The Department of Defense acquired the property as part of the Detroit Defense Area.[56] Thirty-three structures were built on the property during the period of Army use from 1956 through 1962.

    The Newport NIKE Missile Battery (D-57 and 58), as documented consists of 36 structures, located within three discrete areas. The Control Area contains 13 structures, the Launch Area has 12 structures, and 11 structures are in the administration/housing/mess hall area formerly associated with the Newport Naval Air Station.
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