McGuire Air Defense Missile Site, New Egypt, New Jersey: Supplement to Reconnaissance Survey of Cold War Properties

Author(s): Joseph Murphey

Year: 1998


The purpose of this report, a reconnaissance survey of the McGuire Air Defense Missile Site (hereafter referred to generically as BOMARC), is to ascertain if the site, or portions thereof, meet the requirements of the National Register of Historic Places and require compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

This report is supplemental to a reconnaissance survey of Cold War properties conducted at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. The main report finds at McGuire AFB, only one group of structures is National Register eligible; the SAGE (Semi Automated Ground Environment) complex.

The BOMARC site is found eligible for the NRHP as a district that embodies specific Cold War themes through its design and construction. In plan, in use of materials and method of construction, the BOMARC site is an exceptional example of the quest for technological supremacy over the Soviet Union. Of particular significance is the design and construction of the 84 shelters that housed the missiles.

The site contains a significant concentration of interrelated resources that together convey a visual sense of the overall historic environment of a Cold War surface-to-air missile installation. The installation was built and operated as a closed entity, designed to be self-sustaining and continually ready for war. The entire complex is an exceptional example of Cold War material culture. All extant resources considered contributing members to a BOMARC National Register Historic District. The district is also an outstanding example for its associations with the broad patterns of the Cold War, namely the identified themes of technology, national survival, urgency and the use of weapons of mass destruction.

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McGuire Air Defense Missile Site, New Egypt, New Jersey: Supplement to Reconnaissance Survey of Cold War Properties, A. Joseph Murphey. 1998 ( tDAR id: 438555) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8438555

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United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Cold War Series, Report of Investigations No.(s): 8-A

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