Here are some old photos, minus the historic black and white image, I had taken of a decommissioned U.S. Air Force tracking station that used to be along US-1 opposite Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most likely the station dates back to the early days of the Eastern Test Range of the late 1950s and was used to track the early rocket and missile launches. The station has since been torn down.
An online search failed to turn up any history of the place but this historic photo entitled View of the tracking station for satellites and missiles – Cocoa Beach, Florida from March 1959 looks remarkably like it. Of course, one must assume that the construction was probably uniform for facilities of this particular type meaning they all looked the same no matter where they were built. In the images I took below you can even see the two concrete pillars that used to support the air conditioning equipment seen above in the b/w image. The building in front must have been added at a later date.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins