Clarksville Base has not been a nuclear weapons storage facility since 1965. From 1965 to 1969, the military stored classified materials in some of the bunkers. This practice ended when they were found to contain radon. The Navy turned Clarksville Base over to Fort Campbell in 1969.
Today, the Army uses many of the buildings at Clarksville Base for office space and storage. Fort Campbell is in the process of making room for new Army units as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The Army has decided to redevelop some areas of Clarksville Base and has sponsored extensive studies of the cultural resources and built environment at the base. These studies will provide the Army with the information it needs to make decisions about redevelopment while also protecting the heritage of Clarksville Base.
A Part of Cold War History
Clarksville Base is important because it tells the story of an important time in our nation’s history. The Cold War dominated the political, economic, and military landscape for almost half a century. The people of the United States were deeply concerned that their political and economic liberties were being threatened. They built Clarksville Base to defend these liberties. It is a tangible record of the extraordinary measures Americans developed to defend their way of life.
Stewardship and Preservation
The U.S. Army values the nation’s history and has a long legacy of stewardship of its historic resources. Before the National Park Service became the government’s primary historic preservation agency, the Army was undertaking efforts to preserve historic battlefields. The Army’s leadership recognizes that preserving its cultural resources connects members of the military with their proud history and traditions while supporting its ongoing mission: to protect and defend the United States of America.