I hadn't given much thought to why Carrollton's Nike Park is so named. Banished Jr. and I have been there a few times this summer including Thursday when I photographed the Ant-lion there. I'd thought it was some sporty connection due to the soccer pitches, Baseball fields and skate park. But no. As I discovered today the name has it's origins in the height of the Cold War.
It seems the site was a ground-to-air missle installation from the mid 1950s to the early 60s. Site for 20 Nike Ajax missiles and the crew to launch them the place is going to warrant further investigation next time we are there.