When Kathy & I were looking over information about the Everglades, we had noticed several references to a Nike Missile base located within the park. There wasn’t a lot information online, but once we got there we saw signs directing us toward the location and indicating that there were “open house” hours daily. So we decided to check it out.
As it turns out, there had been three Nike sites located within the Everglades as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the close-the-barn-door approach that was taken after the fact. There are several abandoned bunkers that are inaccessible due to asbestos contamination, an unused hanger and one that houses an actual but de-fused Nike missile.
It was an interesting side trip on an otherwise nature-oriented visit, but it was something unexpected in an otherwise natural habitat.