This is the Nike Hercules missile assembly building at the now-decommissioned U.S. Army missile base HM-69 in the middle of the Florida Everglades. The site, and this building, is unique in the fact that the National Park Service has incorporated it into the surrounding park and is working to piece together the true history of this formerly top-secret nuclear facility. This fairly mundane building is on the National Register of Historic Places:

The remote facility where this cold war building is located is now within Everglades National Park, down the same road as the beautiful Anhinga Trail.

Another interesting fact: the eye of Hurricane Andrew passed directly over this facility. I guess they built these things to withstand a nuclear war and a hurricane!

I have other images from this site available here in redbubble. Click on the images to view:

HDR: Photomatix, 3 exposure, Canon 5D, Tamron 28-300 VC

I’m a Miami, Florida-based photographer. I and my camera try to get out as often as possible. These images are the result. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 5 years ago

    Fascinating look at history. I had no idea this was near the Anhinga Trail…guess I was too busy looking at birds. :-)) Thanks for posting this. Great image, too!

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonalmost 5 years ago

    You know I love to photograph anything historic…nice photograph and history!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    great look at history, I also didn;t know this was near the Anhinga trial…guess I need to look. lol Fantastic capture

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