July 22, 2013

Anti-Aircraft Gun at Montrose Beach, Chicago, 1952


Montrose Beach, located in Uptown, is Chicago's largest beach. It's hard to believe this relaxing spot once was part of Chicago's civil defense missile program of the fifties and sixties, when over 600 Nike Ajax missiles (later replaced with the Nike Hercules, a nuclear-tipped missile) protected the city during the Cold War. 

WBEZ has a fascinating article on the subject, including a map of the missile locations, so be sure to check that out.

This image currently available on eBay here: Uptown in the Cold War

1 comment:

bill Matteson said...

I remember this well. the army slept in tents during the summer and a couple of local girls made a lot of extra money during the summer...

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