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Cold War

Ellsworth Plane

The Story of Ellsworth Air Force Base

The military presence in western South Dakota dates back to 1942, when Rapid City Army Air Base (AAB) was established on the site of the former municipal airpor...
Minuteman Missle

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Even South Dakota played its part in the Cold War by building the Minuteman Missile Site. Operating from 1963 to the early 1990s, there were 15 launch control f...