Study will determine cost of possible Cold War museum in Blytheville

Progress on plan to create Cold War museum in Blytheville
Liz Smith (Source: KAIT-TV)
Liz Smith (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A structural design study is bringing the idea of a Cold War museum a little closer to a reality.

We first reported Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority's plan to turn the air force base's alert facility into a museum back in April.

A feasibility study estimated the museum would bring 50,000 tourists to the area between its second and third year.

Now another study is being conducted to tell officials what resources they need to bring the facility up to museum standards and how much it will cost.

"I think many people see this as something that could be a real game changer for Blytheville," Executive Director Liz Smith said. "In addition to that, we have military people who are vitally interested in this, people who were once stationed here and they are from all over the country who are showing an interest so it's a really exciting project to take part in."

A steering committee has been working on this idea for months, and now volunteers are making up subcommittees to focus on things like gathering memorabilia, brainstorming fund raising, and finding a B-52 Bomber airplane.

Anyone who is interested in helping with this project can contact Smith at the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce.

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