Only open to the public on the first Saturday in April, this year April 5th, your opportunity to visit this site is rapidly approaching.
A long line of traffic snaked onto the military base and every person entering the site was vetted. They take their security very seriously.
There were displays and many pictures, but other than a few old buildings and bunkers all there was to see was a depression in the middle of the desert. One display was especially interesting. On a table were various items which included some trinitite, a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes, a piece of Depression glassware and plastic dinner ware. They passed a geiger counter over each of them. The geiger counter went nuts over the glass and dinner ware and right off the scale with the cigarettes but hardly registered on the trinitite. Glad I don’t smoke.
As tourist destinations go it was a very sobering experience, walking on ground where an event occured that hurled the world into the Nuclear Age and led to the end of World War II.
It is also sobering when you realize that all those involved died of uranium poisoning or other disastrous diseases. Precautions were taken, but they were inadequate, they had no idea of the devastating effect such a bomb would have.
The explosion melted the sand and turned it into trinitite some of which is still scattered on the desert floor. As you can see this belongs to the Federal Government.
You can be jailed for removing it from the area. You can pick it up and look at it but be very sure you are seen to replace it. They did have military and civilian security, uniformed and plainclothes, everywhere.
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