On Jan. 31, WSMR archaeologist Bill Godby accepted a plaque from the Dona Ana County Historical Society designating the 500K Static Test Stand as a “Building Worthy of Preservation” and a “Building with Historical Significance.” The presentation was part of the Society’s annual awards luncheon where its members recognize people and places that are important to Southern New Mexico’s history.
The 500K Static Test Stand dates back to the opening days of White Sands. It was built between 1948 and 1950 and reflects the confidence of early White Sands as the center of the rocket testing universe. At the time there were heady dreams that military and civilian developers of rocket engines would use the facility for decades.
The Society sponsors monthly historical programs at the Good Samaritan auditorium in Las Cruces. The programs are free and open to the public.
Godby is scheduled to give a presentation about the missile range on May 21.