Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cold War Air Defense of Pittsburgh

Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 pm

Did you know that Pittsburgh was considered a likely military target during the Cold War? The city's defense was of primary concern to the U.S. government. For that reason, the army ringed the area with underground Nike missile sites, radar towers, anti-aircraft gun sites and control towers. Once the Soviet threat dissipated, some of the sites were totally dismantled, some were left intact, some underground bunkers were paved over and buildings were remodeled for other purposes. Today, many of the sites are hard to identify. Some of the places where we shop or eat or play were once important military installations. Tom Koedel and Rob Skertich have done extensive research on the subject, through archives and government records, to locate the areas in the North Hills that served as these sites. They will present an evening of little-known local history with pictures and fascinating information. Please register for this program online or by calling the adult services reference desk at 412-366-8100, ext.113.

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