Skip to Main Content

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.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Missile in the Park

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Most Haunted U.S. Cemetery?Most Haunted U.S. Cemetery?, Midlothian, IL - < 1 mi.
King Tin ManKing Tin Man, Oak Forest, IL - 3 mi.
Doughboy CannonDoughboy Cannon, Blue Island, IL - 4 mi.
In the region:
Blues Brothers And Bluesmobile, Woodridge, IL - 16 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

World's Largest Cat, Pine Island, New York (Apr 22-28, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings