Important Announcement

We would like to thank our loyal fellow members of the Nike Historical Society for your continued support over the years. We will be closing the Society, including the store, as of March 31, 2024. We have acquired a large repository of Nike technical information. The web site will continue to be available. It has been our pleasure to keep the legacy of the Nike missile's contribution of the successful conclusion to the Cold War.

the Board of Directors
Nike Historical Society


Nike LaunchER site SL-40 for sale

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PUBLIC AUCTION: Former Nike Missile Launch Site
Monroe County IL 14+- Acres, Hecker IL

3 Underground Concrete Bunkers with Operational Elevator Pads
Other Buildings Include Shop, Pump House and Generator Building

Property Address: 5055 M Road, Red Bud IL 62278

SALE: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10 am at the Hecker Community Center in Hecker IL
(Address: 230 East Washington Street, Hecker IL 62248)

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10 am to 2 pm AND Friday, June 27, 2 to 4 pm

$70,000 Minimum Opening Bid

Buy A Farm Land and Auction Company has agreed to do this auction for costs only as a donation to the Beck school district. Given the non-profit nature of this sale, the Nike Historical Society has agreed to help promote it. will offer at public auction the former Nike Missile Launch Site located Southeast of Hecker IL along M Road. The 14-acre site includes 3 underground concrete bunkers with operational elevator pads. One bunker contains several stacks of foam insulation board which will not be removed. Other buildings include the shop, pump house and generator building. Nearly 4 acres of the site is paved and much of the property is enclosed by a chain link fence; but the missiles are long gone. Many such sites have been removed completely but several have been converted to luxury homes. Until now, this site was leased for storage and a workshop.

A little history.In 1956, four sites were chosen around St. Louis for missile defense sites to be armed with Nike Hercules Missiles. The US Army, under the watch of the Corps of Engineers, began constructing Nike Missile Base SL-40 at Hecker IL in June of 1958 and finished one year later, at which time the 62nd Artillery, 1st Missile Battalion, was activated. The site was de-commissioned in 1969. In 1972, Beck Vocational School (now CCSI) took control of the Hecker sites. The south site or Launch Site was used for auto mechanics and auto body shops for 2 years, after which time all classes were moved to the North site. The north Administration Site is still used as classrooms and will not sell. The site is currently owned by Career Center of Southern IL (Beck Vocational Center). CCSI is owned and operated by nine local school districts. The district owns both the Administration Buildings used as classrooms and the launch site located about one mile south. A variety of courses are offered by the school.

Terms: $10,000 earnest money down, balance at closing
Auctioneer: Mark Kennedy, IL License #440000202
Contact Managing Broker Wayne Keller 618- 407-1679 Sparta IL Branch Office
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