Former Nike Missile Site up for sale in Hecker Illinois

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HECKER , ILLINOIS ( KPLR )   A former Cold War Missile base in  Hecker Illinois   is up for sale and set to hit the auction block on July 12. The  historic site once guarded the St. Louis region against a possible nuclear strike. The   Shutter Nike Missile Base  is tucked away behind a gated  fence  near the  Monroe County Village of Hecker Illinois with a population of about 500.

It's been shuttered since 1969 and all of the missiles are long gone. Now more than 40 years later,  the historic base is up for sale to the public to  highest bidder.  "If you go back to Cold War times ,the history on this site  was a part of a Missile Defense System  for the City of St. Louis . The army's  plan for  potential defense missile launches versus  a Soviet airplanes, said  Mark  Stuart,   Career Center  of Southern Illinois.

The 14-acre site includes 3 underground concrete bunkers, each approximately 68’ x 76’ and 18’ deep with 10’10”+- ceiling clearance. The 3 bunkers have 9’6” x 53'8” elevator pads which are operational. One bunker contains several stacks of foam insulation board which will not be removed. Other buildings include the shop, pump house and generator building. "In other parts of the United States  developers have converted  the de-activated missile sites into luxury homes  or portions of their interiors into swimming pools, said  Stuart.

Brenda Chandler  decided to bring  her family to the site  just to get a glimpse of history before it's sold. " We heard about it and never had the opportunity to see it  and it's  very  neat that  a piece of history  is this close to Hecker, said Chandler.
The opening bid has been set for  $70, 000 and prospective buyers can get a per-auction look at the property June 26 and June  27. For more information call 1-800-357-4020.