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Atomic Cannon

Henry Drive, Fort Riley, Kansas USA

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“one of the last remaining Atomic Annies”

***NOTE: Atomic Cannon has been temporarily closed to the public*** The M65 Atomic Cannon, often called Atomic Annie, was a towed artillery piece built by the United States and capable of firing a nuclear device. It was developed in the early 1950s, at the beginning of the Cold War, and fielded by 1953 in Europe and Korea. The one featured in Junction City is one of the last 3 still surviving and was never fired.

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Reviewed by
lancesned

  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 25, 2014

What a great little place to stop, get ready for a mini workout going up the hill, if you have kids make sure they wear appropriate shoes, breathtaking view perfect for a family shot!

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Reviewed by
stephen.horne

  • 9 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
June 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

**Be aware** As of about a week ago the park where the cannon is located was closed to the public. Not sure when it will reopen.

The park (Freedom Park) is south of I70 with a picnic area, an old tank and a couple of other guns along a paved but rather the worse for wear path up at a rather steep ascent to a hilltop, where Atomic Annie sits. The hill overlooks Marshall Airfield to the North on the other side of the interstate. A cool piece of history, nice bit of local flora on the walk up.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper612890

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 23, 2021
Rated 3.0

Wrong address! The park is south of the highway, whereas this pin puts it to the north, in the closed base. As of 08/2021, the trail is still closed, but it's a nice shady park to stretch, read some history, and view the cannon from a distance.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jana

  • 61 Reviews
  • 18 Helpful
August 06, 2017

Still closed according to website. You can check here to see if opened again: http://www.junctioncity.org/86/Freedom-Park

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Soglaos

  • 10 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

It is known as the M65 280mm which carried the W9 warhead a 15 kiloton shell. This is one of seven remain atomic cannons around the country out of 20 that were built.

They are located
1. Fort Sill Oklahoma. The original one
2 Army Ordinance Museum Aberdeen MD
3 National Museum of Nuclear Science & history Albuquerque NM
4. Freedom Park Junction City Kansas
5. Rock Island Arsenal Memorial Field Rock Island Illinois
6. Watervliet Arsenal Museum Watervliet New York
7. Yuma Proving Grounds Yuma Az

Plus a prototype at the Virginia War Museum Newport News which is a prototype at 240mm

The first and only test firing was on May 25, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site.
The cost to produce each weapon was reported to be $800,000

They did see Service in Europe and Korea but were basically obsolete soon after entering service. Due out Ballistic Missile systems

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
angela.lewis.7921975

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 07, 2014

Not sute how you actually get there. The route took us to a closed road and we couldn't go any further. I guess it is located on base and maybe it"s because we tried to visit on a Sunday.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
hannbelle

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 26, 2014

Nice place to stop and stretch your legs, and a pretty cool piece of history!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
anna.sanchez.5815255

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 14, 2014

It's a good place to walk or hike with the family when u get to the top you see all of fort Riley

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Bgimbel123

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 25, 2021

It’s still closed 07/25/21

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Reviewed by
seanmckinley

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  • 0 Helpful
June 29, 2021

Still closed. path is overgrown, signs are faded or missing. Doesn’t look like it will be opening anytime soon. You can see it from 70 but it’s not worth stopping.

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Atomic Cannon

Henry Drive
Fort Riley, Kansas
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