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9. NIKE San Francisco area

Last modified: 27 Apr 2022

Country: United States    Region: California

Latitude: 37° 49' 36" N     Longitude: -123° 28' 22" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


SF-88 Nike site Ft Barry/Sausolito has been preserved as a Nike museum, complete with missiles (inert).
The site was given intact to the National Park Service in 1974 after it was decommissioned for use as a legacy of the Nike program. It is open to public. The SF-88L site has been restored by volunteers and National Park Service employees to the condition it was during the 1960s, complete with signage and various pieces of equipment such as the radars and control vans that would have been stationed on hills overlooking the site. One of the two missile magazines has been restored and has a working elevator and launch rail for the inert missiles. Site SF-88 is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

SF was defended by 12 Nike sites. Its defenders included both Regular Army and NG units. When the Army abandoned the launch area of SF-88 at Fort Barry in 1974, the National Park Service assumed custody of the site, incorporating it into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. As of 1995, this is the only Nike site in the country that has been preserved and is open for public viewing.

Air-Defense Command Post (ADCP) SF-90DC was established at Mill Valley AFS, CA for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system.
SF-90DC was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network.

The locations of Nike sites in the SF area are at grid:

  1. SF-08 & 09 San Pablo ridge 3755′30″N 12215′44″W
  2. SF-25 Rock Ridge 3748′57″N 12203′44″W
  3. SF-31 Lake Chabot 3743′26″N 12207′8.4″W
  4. SF-37 Newark 3732′24″N 12205′03″W
  5. SF-51 Pacifica 3738′22″N 12228′44″W
  6. SF-59 Mt San Bruno 3742′53″N 12230′06″W
  7. SF-87 Ft Cronckhite 3749′39″N 12229′56″W
  8. SF-88 Ft Barry 37 49′ 36″ N, 122 31′ 39″ W
  9. SF-89 Ft Winfield Scott 3747′32″N 12228′24″W
  10. SF-91 Angel Island 3751′23″N 12225′21″W
  11. SF-93 San Rafael 3801′26″N 12231′15″W


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