Cold War Landmarks Experience

Visit the northwest Indiana military compounds that protected America from World War II through the Cold War — including Kingsbury Ordnance Plant where more than 20,000 people worked during World War II filling ammunition shells.

Nike Missile Site C-47
Nike Missile Site C-47, now Blast Camp Paintball, Wheeler

August 24, 2018

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT
LaPorte

Our annual Landmarks Experience takes you back in time for a day-long exploration of a subject using historic places and expert commentary. On August 24, you’ll visit northwest Indiana military compounds that protected America at home and abroad from World War II (1939-1945) through the Cold War (1947-1991).

You’ll visit the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant eight miles south of LaPorte, where more than 20,000 people worked during World War II, nearly half of them women, filling ammunition shells. All passed through the facility’s employment office, a building created by John Lloyd Wright, inventor of Lincoln Logs, accomplished designer of International-style buildings, and son of the famous Frank. You’ll tour the building currently undergoing renovation and see bunkers used to store munitions.

In Lake and Porter counties, you’ll tour two former Nike Missile bases—part of the “ring of supersonic steel” that protected Chicago from 1956 to 1974. The administrative offices of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore occupy a building that was part of a Nike base. At lunch, Mark Morgan and Mark Berhow, authors of the book Rings of Supersonic Steel, will discuss the purpose and operation of the bases. You’ll also see former Nike Missile Control Area C-47, now known as Blast Camp Paintball, where the original radar towers remain in place.

The Cold War Landmarks Experience begins at 9 a.m. Central Time at LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, and ends back in the same place at 5 p.m. The cost of $85/person ($75/Indiana Landmarks member) includes lunch and motorcoach transportation from LaPorte to tour sites.

Sites on tour are not accessible, having steps and uneven ground. Dress casually and wear sturdy walking shoes.


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