Illinois Cold War-Era Missile Base to Hit Auction Block

Nike Hercules missile base near the Monroe County village of Hecker has been shuttered since 1969

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    The Nike Hercules Missile Launch Site is southeast of Hecker, Illinois

    A former Cold War missile base in southwestern Illinois can be yours if the price is right, warheads not included.

    A missile site that once guarded the St. Louis region against a possible Soviet nuclear strike goes up for public auction July 12, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

    The Nike Hercules missile base near the Monroe County village of Hecker has been shuttered since 1969. It includes an administration building and a 14-acre launch complex made up of three de-activated bunkers that once housed anti-aircraft missiles capable of firing nuclear warheads.

    An opening bid is set at $70,000.

    Prospective buyers can get a pre-auction look at the property June 26 and 27.

    Buyafarm.com will handle the auction.