Missile tourism: Wyoming Peacekeeper historic site in works

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Posted: Nov 04, 2015 9:01 AM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the most stressful and least glamorous jobs in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War went to the men and women who stood ready 'round the clock to launch one of the deadliest weapons ever made: the Peacekeeper nuclear missile.

A few years from now, one of the nuclear launch centers where these workers, known as missileers, were stationed, will be open to visitors. The Air Force is restoring the missile alert facility, called Quebec-01, as a historic site. The facility, located on the southeast Wyoming prairie, was active as recently as a decade ago.

Quebec-01 will be the only public tourism site directly associated with the Peacekeeper.

Wyoming officials hope to draw at least 50,000 people a year to Quebec-01, located near Interstate 25 and Cheyenne.