Crestwood, Illinois: Missile in the Park

Military surplus (and de-weaponized) "Honest John" missile has been the symbol for Illinois' "Village on the Move" since 1980.
139th St., Crestwood, IL
Walker Park at the corner of 139th Street and Long Avenue. Go west from Cicero Avenue (IL-50) on 135th Street and turn south on Long, or west on Midlothian Turnpike and turn north on Long.
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Town Missile, 2020.

Missile in the Park

The town missile has a new paint job.

[TKWeakland, 11/13/2020]


Missile in the Park

The park is right by the power lines. The letters that spell "Crestwood" are peeling, and the missile is badly rusted. Still really cool to see. Best at sunset; it looks like there's an explosion in the background.

[Ben Perdue, 12/07/2015]


Missile in the Park

In 1980, the Village of Crestwood, Illinois decided to construct a municipal park. The Village administration learned that they could obtain either a military surplus gun, a vehicle, or a missile to place in the new park. As Crestwood's slogan is "Village on the Move," they chose an "Honest John" missile, as it would be a sign of the future. After more than 30 years, the "Honest John" is still at its post overseeing the large, pleasant park area.

[John Holmes, 08/05/2011]

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