Warren, New Hampshire: Only Town with a Real Redstone RocketThe same kind of rocket that hurled New Hampshire native Alan Shepard into space. Brought here in 1971.
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Warren is not the only town with a Redstone Rocket. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, an air and space science center in Concord, has a Redstone rocket complete with an attached replica Mercury capsule. The rocket was formerly located at the south gate of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.[Max Perrine, 12/23/2013]
The entire rocket at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, not just the capsule, is a replica, but it's a really good one. Technically, Warren retains its "only town with a Redstone rocket" bragging rights.
The sleepy little burg of Warren has its own Redstone Missile. A remnant of the Cold War, it is nestled in a little park with a "Missile Information" kiosk that gives you the scoop. There are a couple of picnic tables, and the Warren Historical Museum is just steps away. Worth a look if you are out in the boondocks of NH for some reason. We drive over to Warren to get haircuts at Mary's Shear Connection. So get a haircut from the lovely Mary and get your missile on! Peace.[Stew Weldon, 10/05/2011]
Only Town with a Redstone Rocket
A photo of the Only Town with a Redstone Rocket that stands in Warren, NH in a public park. Taken on a trip east a week ago.[R Pelfrey, 09/19/2005]
I live in Springfield MA, and every summer I go with my family to the white mountains in North Conway, NH for a hiking trip. We usuallly go straight up 91 and get on the kangabangus highway. Last summer, on our way home, we decided to take some backroads for a scenery We went through about a dozen anonymous small towns before we came upon the rocket. In the middle of this small town, in front of what looked like a town hall, was a gigantic missile standing upright. Around the missile was a marble wall with the story of the rocket inscribed in it. It said something about a former resident working with rockets and convincing some government agency to donate an unused rocket to the town. It was very strange because everything in the town was falling apart exept for this clean freshly painted real military missile.[Joe Fogarty, 02/27/1998]
We have another report on file of an Atlas Redstone Rocket further north, in the town square of Stratford, NH, 5 mi. N of Groveton on Hwy 3. Jan. 2001: Casey Bisson, a Warren resident, reports that "Stratford doesn't have a rocket in their town square. The missile in Warren is a Redstone intermediate range ballistic missile. However, NASA used the Redstone and Mercury capsules to launch Al Shepard and Gus Grissom into suborbital space as the US's first two astronauts. Warren's Redstone doesn't have a Mercury capsule, but NH does lay claim to being the birth state of Al Shepard. Al Shepard, however, was born near the seacoast, far from Warren. Leaving NH after high school, Shepard never returned. All that aside, I'm told that Warren is the only town or city in the country to have a Redstone missile on display (though some military installations and NASA do have them)."