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Published July 13, 2009, 04:03 PM

Former ND nuclear missile site gets first visitors

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A former nuclear missile launch center that closed as the Cold War was winding down has been opened to a public curious to see what life was like at the once-top secret site.

By: DALE WETZEL, Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A former nuclear missile launch center that closed as the Cold War was winding down has been opened to a public curious to see what life was like at the once-top secret site.

The Ronald Reagan Minuteman site in Cooperstown, N.D., on Monday looked much as it would have in 1997 when it was still active.

The former living quarters, which consist of seven bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, weight room and game room, still have the kitchen equipment, televisions, pool table and magazines they did when the site closed.

They stand about 60 feet above the underground nuclear missile control center, where Air Force officers once monitored 10 nearby Minuteman III nuclear missiles and waited for orders to launch them.

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