Built in 1965 by the U.S. Army in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This Nike site, like many others, was split into two locations. One was the Launcher area (L), where the missiles were actually located. The Launcher area was located where is now Krome INS Facility. The other location was the radar communications and control facility (IFC), where they did targeting and fire control.

All the Nike missile sites in South Florida were decommissioned in the mid-1979 after it was decided that they offered nothing to the security of the nation.

In 1985, the IFC location was reused as a CIA Office of Communications, Regional Relay Facility, high frequency radio transmitter site. The HF receive site & a larger Agency facility was located on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station Richmond. Both sites had signs indicating they were US Army Regional Communications Activity(NCS) stations. In conjunction with another CIA operation at the Richmond Naval Air Station, they relayed messages to other operatives in the Caribbean and S. America. The IFC site also housed a mobile command center which would be used in case of a nuclear crisis. In 1992, due to damages done by Hurricane Andrew, the facility was stripped and vacated.

On May 5th, 1980, the Launcher area opened as a refugee camp to temporarily house illegal Haitian immigrants, which at the time was known as Krome Camp. A year later in May 1981, the camp was converted into a permanent detention center. Since its opening, there have been a large number of reports of mistreatment and violence, ranging from riots, murder, and suicide.

Nike Missile IFC Site HM-95 | Photo © 2014 Bullet,

Today, the Krome Detention Center is now called Krome INS Facility, where it is used to detain and remove criminals and other deportable illegal immigrants.

The IFC site, though, has since been left abandoned and vandalized. Today, it’s a local urban legend to have been a secret mental asylum where ghosts, murderers still reside. Some folks claim to have seen a woman in a white gown, a past resident of the asylum, who strolls the compound asking if you can help her. Others have said that they’ve been chased out by a man in a black bandanna wielding a machete, the father who took his newborn child to abandonment and butchered him inside. A few even claim that the property was actually a secret detention center where they use to house Korean spies but you won’t find that information anywhere because it’s something “the government doesn’t want you to know about.”

The site is visited frequently by graffiti artists, photographers, paintball teams, kids just looking for a scare, and on occasion, the police. There are no future plans for the site.

Demolition of the buildings began in July 2015 to make way for a series of projects to widen Krome Avenue from Okeechobee Road to Homestead. Currently, Krome Avenue is a two-lane road, one going each way. Because of this, it’s become known as one of the most dangerous roads in South Florida with 12 fatalities recorded last year and 3 fatalities this year so far. After construction, the road will have four lanes, two going each way with a divider in the middle.


  1. All the cause and effect created by the souls of this facility. As a society we need to appreciate and understand the past because that is the way to the future.

    • I would like to say thank you to all the people posting here about old Battery D 2nd Battalion 52nd ADA. I was stationed here in the photos you all took from 1973-1974 and also 1975 -1976. When I got out of the military I swore I never would return here just moving 130 miles up the coast to Jensen Beach Florida. Well I ate my words as I was in Miami for the first time since on July 17th 2015. I took a few photos and could not leave without going inside. I entered the main entrance and trying to remember I turned left and 2 rooms on the left found the old Orderly room where the First Sargent sat. The place is scary and looks to be torn down soon. I wanted to head to the other end and to the back wing where my barracks room was but I was already in tears and needed to leave. I thought exiting that I just was in a spot and place where I sleep, ate and worked 40 years ago. I have since contacted 2 old Army buddies from here I found online. So if you know anyone that wants to enjoy a good piece of history tell them to go soon as I see the old Battery D as dust soon. Thank you all for letting me read the excitement you showed for my old home. I’m proud to be an American and God bless America.

  2. this is one of the places im going to try to find in the next 2 weeks when I head down south to miami. looks like a great place to shoot.

    • Hey its hidden. i know exactly where it is cause i used to go there ALLL the time hahah. you;ll have a really hard time finding it if you dont take a friend or someone that knows where it is.

  3. So my friend and I went down here and we were there for like 30 minutes today, around 1:30, middle of the weekday, and I came out of one of the barracks to be looking down the barrel of an Immigration and Customs Agents handgun. Apparently, someone called and told them we were there, because of the lack of secretive parking. We got searched, and our Socials got run in federal and state databases for warrants. We got released, and the cops actually were super nice and funny. But if we go again, we get to take a ride with Federal Protective Services down to Miami. Be warned, it is a hot spot to go to.

  4. what is the exact address of this place?
    i hear its off of 8th street and krome but where do you turn?

  5. so how do i get there?

  6. It is on Krome ave between 8st and kendall dr , just south of Krome det center.

  7. Swung by there today in the morn and captured some sweet shots. Such an interesting, historic spot. However keep in mind it is abandoned so there’s plenty of broken glass, critters etc just a heads up. Otherwise it’s def worth checkin out.

  8. Been there multiple times, pretty cool spot. It’s right after mile marker 21 if you are heading south, on the right hand side, you’ll see gravel and dip in the treeline.

  9. I was there over the weekend and was surprised to see someone shooting a rap video! It is really a worthwhile stop. When we were leaving a paintball group was just arriving. Apparently everyone knows about the place!

  10. This is slightly OT, but when viewing the area via Google Maps, what is that big open area North of this site and just to the East of the Krome Detention Center. It looks like some giant rocket was tested there. From the satellite view in any event. I guess it is just the result of some farming or mining, but man, it looks like a blast radius when viewed from above.

    Anyway, it is interesting to compare the original arial photo with what is there now.

    • It’s a park for ATVing, hence the visible trails. You can also go bike riding there but the sand makes it a bit tough.

  11. Went here several years ago with a group of friends in the wee hours. We were surprised to see there were a fair amount of people there and someone had started a huge bonfire in the back. The main building was completely gutted with the ground slippery with busted paintball rounds and every square inch of wall covered with graffiti, much of it elaborate and quite good. One wall had a mural of a giant squid. Another room was evidently done by a cartoon fan as it had life size artwork of Peter Griffin, Super Mario Bros., and an especially well-endowed Little Mermaid. The adjacent portion of the building, by comparison, still had much of the original furnishings and was largely untouched by graffiti. Due to the layout and the fact there were many rooms with bunk-bed foundations, we supposed it must have been the old baracks. Aside from a few bats hanging on the ceilings , it seemed like we had that portion of the building to ourseleves. Not so. As we explored the rooms it became apparent that homeless people used the rooms to sleep in and we saw at least one of them passed out on an old bedsprings snoring. At one point, we startled a small pack of feral dogs who regarded us warily from a distance before scattering into the surrounding woods. At this point me and a friend from my group split up to explore the overgrown section of path behind the base , which we also had to ourseleves. God it was dark out there. After a largish animal darted across the “path” a few yards ahead of us (my friend to this day is convinced it was a Florida panther; I doubt it but it DID have a long tail and it would’ve been damn cool if it was), we decided to rejoin our group at the bonfire. On our way out a group of drunken rednecks decided it would be a good idea to shoot bottles for targets among all the people. Fortunately everyone told them to take that elsewhere and they left without incident. All in all it was a great adventure and I’d love to go back sometime!

  12. A friend of mine’s old band got permits to shoot a music video here. It can be found here:

  13. 7 of my friends and I were there last night and had this app that allows spirits to talk to you. I swear on my life there is more than one out there cause multiple spoke to us. they called 4 of us by name myself included when I wasn’t even talking they called my by my nickname. when we played around joking they did the same but when we started asking real questions they started getting mad. one called milly kept asking for help. but when we tried to get there real names they told us to fuck off several times. there is a pentagram in one room with the words ” here lye’s the body of HIM” before we ran out of there we heard a little girls voice saying HE is coming. the girls voice kept saying he wanted our friend which was the only girl in the group we even recorded some of them.

  14. I’ve been their… It is creapy… But if u get scared don’t run cuz u could slip… A lot of people have done black magic their, its all over… If u go I suggest to go in a group… Oh and becareful to get caught by cops…

  15. Hey admin I am not sure if youre aware but they are actually demolishing part of the site to expand the road to a 4 lane rather than a two lane. Very sad.

  16. Ana-Maria Rodriguez

    It is completely gone now


  18. It sucks that almost all these buildings are now demolished. Just when a group of mines wanted to explore abandoned places. We were gonna go here during June and we noticed it wasn’t there and that’s when I found out it was demolished

  19. I visited this place around midnight on Friday the 13th a couple of years ago… It was a big group of us on a mission to get scared, although we knew we weren’t going to, but we were wrong and we got what we wanted. We pulled up on the side of a long empty road and started walking inside the forestish area… the place was super interesting to look at and we were all joking around with each other trying to scare each other… We came across like a well in the ground and we were all looking into it when we heard what we thought were gunshots… And we were right. We all were just like wtf…?!?!! but we tried to remain calm and act like we were just freaking out for nothing but then we heard it again and again and again and then we started to freak the fuck out… we tried to be really quiet as we tried to get the hell out of there ASAP but the gun shots kept getting closer and closer and as they got closer our pace got faster, and i kid you not from the right side in the bushes i heard someone say “I swear I’m going to kill you guys”. At that point I think we all started running faster than you could ever imagine. All I could think of was if I got shot somewhere and wtf would happen to us… finally we got in our cars and sped the FUCK OFF. We don’t know what happened after that or if it was all a joke of someone trying to frighten us, but regardless.. we got a true Friday the 13th experience & looking back now (considering I’m still alive and didn’t get shot) it was a really cool and fun experience lol….

  20. i lived there in 1972 . i was army. it is wild to see the place now . i actually worked down range at the launch site.