The White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico (which was renamed the White Sands Missile Range in 1958) was founded in 1945. It was a place within the continental United States where the Army could safely study and launch both recovered V-2 and American-made missiles away from populated areas. But before long the rockets at White Sands outgrew the test site. The Long Range Proving Ground committee was created to find a place to launch larger rockets with longer ranges. Possible sites in northern Washington with a range along the Aleutian Islands of Alaska and near El Centro, California, with a range along the coast of Baja Mexico were ultimately passed over in favour of the naval air station at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This site offered 15,000 acres of land in a favorable climate, a test range bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and was isolated from populated areas while still easily accessible by road, rail, and barge.