The Last Missile Site: An Operational and Physical History of Nike Site SF-88 Fort Barry, California [NOOK Book]

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Go inside a Nike missile site! The Nike missile launch site located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Marin Headlands is the only mechanically operational Nike launch site in the United States. It was left in operational condition by the Army when turned over to the National Park Service in the early 1970’s.

View the inner working and relive the day-today operations. Told through the eyes of the men and women who stood ready at ...
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The Last Missile Site: An Operational and Physical History of Nike Site SF-88 Fort Barry, California

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Overview

Go inside a Nike missile site! The Nike missile launch site located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Marin Headlands is the only mechanically operational Nike launch site in the United States. It was left in operational condition by the Army when turned over to the National Park Service in the early 1970’s.

View the inner working and relive the day-today operations. Told through the eyes of the men and women who stood ready at Site SF-88, The Last Missile Site paints a vivid picture of the around –the –clock military mission that protected our nation from aerial attack during the tense years of the Cold War.
Inside you’ll find:
- Historical and present-day photographs
- New 3-D graphics
- Full-color maps
- Extensive oral history interviews
- Full index


The Last Missile Site is an adaptation of a historical resource study done by the National Park Service titled — What We Have, We Shall Defend: An Interim History and Preservation Plan for Nike Site SF-88L, Fort Barry, California produced in 1988. Over the years, since 1988, much more information about SF-88 was developed therefore; it seemed like a good idea to use this study as the basis for a new book with revised color illustrations, additional photographs, and interviews with the men and women who served at the site.

The two authors who created the 1988 report were enthusiastic about producing a new version of the report that would be sold in the visitor’s center in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The award winning Ormsby & Thickstun Interpretive Design Studio went to work recreating many of the original images for the book. They produced cutaway drawings of the underground magazines based on official blueprints as well as redrawing many familiar diagrams of the various sections of the Nike missile system.

The result is the only non- military book in print to fully describe and illustrate a Cold War Era Nike Air Defense missile launch site.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016221205
  • Publisher: Hole In The Head Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 1,351,036
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen A. Haller is the Park Historian and Branch Chief for Cultural Resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Formerly the Curator of Historic Documents for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, he has also been an interpreter at a number of historic San Francisco Bay Area sites, including Alcatraz, Fort Point, and the Maritime Museum. Haller's academic background is in 19th century American history; he specializes in the study of shipwrecks, military history, and historic landscapes in the Bay Area.

Haller is the author of Post and Park: A Brief Illustrated History of the Presidio of San Francisco and The Last Word in Airfields: San Francisco's Crissy Field; coauthor of Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate; and former editor of the Sea Letter, the journal of the National Maritime Museum Association. He served as principal investigator for World War II oral history projects at the U.S.S. Arizona National Memorial and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam. Haller coauthored the Seacoast Fortification Preservation Manual for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which received the California Preservation Foundation's 2000 Design Award.

John A. Martini is a native Californian and a life-long researcher into the history of the American West. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Martini worked as a National Park Ranger for more than twenty-five years at such diverse locations as Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, the National Maritime Museum, the U.S.S. Arizona National Memorial, the Presidio of San Francisco, and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. He retired from the National Park Service in 1999 and now serves as a professional researcher and historical consultant.

Martini's is an acknowledged expert on America's coastal defenses and consults with numerous state and federal agencies on the restoration of seacoast fortifications and artillery pieces.

Martini's published works include Fort Point: Sentry at the Golden Gate, Fortress Alcatraz, The Official Guide to the Presidio of San Francisco, and Alcatraz At War. His articles have appeared in American Heritage Magazine, The Civil War Chronicles, After the Battle Magazine, and the National Archives' quarterly journal Prologue. He appears frequently on documentaries for The History Channel, A&E Network, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and PBS affiliates.
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