Cold War Legacy: Missiles to Marine Mammals Historical

Cold War Legacy: Missiles to Marine Mammals Historical (HM1XW8)

Location: Sausalito, CA 94965 Marin County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 50.103', W 122° 31.896'

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Marin Headlands Golden Gate National Park

The Marine Mammal Center is built on the site of the former Nike Missile Launch Area, SF 87L. In the 1950s, the army constructed two batteries in the Marin Headlands equipped with surface-to-are missiles, one near Fort Cronkhite and a second across the valley at Fort Barry. The missiles were called "Nike", after the Greek goddess of victory. They were in position for nearly 20 years, but were never launched.
Site SF 87L was closed in 1972 and transferred to the National Park Service. In 1975, the National Park Service permitted The Marine Mammal Center to use the abandoned site as a rescue and rehabilitation hospital. Since then, a lasting partnership has formed between the National Park Service and the Center. The site exemplifies the idea of "swords to ploughshares."
Marin Headlands Golden Gate National Park

The valleys, beaches, cliffs and ridges that surround you are considered by many to be the heart of the Golden Gate National Parks. Open space preservation battles fought near here in the late 1960s led to the creation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of more than 390 sites managed by the National Park Service.
Although the Marin Headlands is surrounded by the urban development of the Bay Area, the region retains a remarkable variety of natural resources and features.
The peninsula is a flyway for migrating raptors and home to endangered species such as the tidewater goby and the mission blue butterfly. Pacific harbor seals haul out at Bonita Cove and river otters forage in Rodeo Lagoon.
Coast Miwok native peoples originally lived here, followed later by dairy ranchers, lighthouse keepers and soldiers. The area played a key role in coastal defense during World War II, and the Unites States and former Soviet Union faced off with the treat of nuclear war in the balance. Today, the former military buildings house artists, educators, biologists and park rangers who study the area and provide public programs.
HM NumberHM1XW8
Placed ByMarine Mammal Center
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Date Added Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 541216 N 4187617
Decimal Degrees37.83505000, -122.53160000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.103', W 122° 31.896'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 6.18" N, 122° 31' 53.76" W
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Area Code(s)415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2000 Bunker Rd, Sausalito CA 94965, US
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