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Old missile base set for auction

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HECKER, Ill. -- A former Cold War missile base in southwestern Illinois can be yours if the price is right, warheads not included.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported a missile site that once guarded the St. Louis region against a possible Soviet nuclear strike goes up for public auction July 12.

The Nike Hercules missile base near the Monroe County village of Hecker has been shuttered since 1969. It includes an administration building and a 14-acre launch complex made up of three deactivated bunkers that once housed anti-aircraft missiles capable of firing nuclear warheads.

An opening bid is set at $70,000.

Prospective buyers can get a pre-auction look at the property June 26 and 27.

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