1 Missile Silo, Self-Portrait
The Titan 1 Missiles, armed with nuclear warheads, were the first true
inter-continental missiles. The program began in the late 1950s; the
first missiles were brought on active duty in 1962, and all the missiles
were taken out of service in 1965. (By 1965, the Titan 1 missiles were
obsolete, replaced by Titan II missile program.) The Titan 1 missile
program actually precipitated the Cuban Missile crisis, bringing the
world closer to nuclear holocaust than it has ever been before or since.
Titan 1 Missile silos were the largest and most complex of all the silos
that were built to house intercontinental missiles. All of the silo
was at least 60 feet underground, with some sections much deeper. A
few have found new usages, but most of the silos remain abandoned as
this one is.