Kimball County Missile Silos

Oil, Missiles and Living in a Silo

 After oil was discovered in Kimball County in 1950, Kimball became known as the “Oil Capital of Nebraska.” It soon had another title – “Missile Center, U.S.A.” The area’s first Atlas missile site was completed in 1961. Today, some 200 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles are housed in the tri-state area. 

For an insider’s look at missile silos, visitors can tour the home of Don and Charlene Zwonitzer south of Kimball. The Zwonitzers purchased and converted a silo into their 15,000-square-foot home. (308) 235-2708.

For more information on Kimball, contact the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce on (308) 235-3782  or visit