|Test Shot at the Nevada Test Site (circa 1950)|
Nevada Test Site - Summer 2011
-- The Nevada Test site was established outside of Las Vegas in 1950 as a nuclear weapons testing facility. Over the next three decades nearly 1,000 atomic bombs were detonated (both above and below ground). A popular tourist attraction for people visiting Las Vegas was to watch the detonations from viewing areas on the roofs of various casinos. Unfortunately the implications of radioactive fallout were not fully understood and people living downwind suffered accordingly.
When HOM V visits Las Vegas this summer we will have a tour of this facility which reflects the country’s Cold War identity and history. Only a limited number of people get to visit this place each year and we’re fortunate for the opportunity.
-- R. Carriker