There were more than 1,000 atomic tests in Nevada’s desert between 1951 and 1992, including about 100 above ground.
“VEGANS ‘ATOM-IZED,’” a Las Vegas Review-Journal headline read the next day, Jan. 28, 1951, in big, bold, all-capital letters across the front page.
Coverage featured reports from people awakened by the shockwave, or who witnessed a blinding, white flash, or described a “borealis effect” spread over the whole sky to the northwest.
First atomic blast in 1951 shook, shaped Vegas and Nevada
The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. A new exhibition considers their design and legacy.
Atomic Architecture: The Secret Cities of World War Two – CityLab
Inner view of the Manhattan Project’s scientific library Courtesy Los Alamos Historical Society Photo Archives
Women working at the Manhattan Project Oak Ridge site US Department of Energy/Public Domain
While dodging accusations of communism, Charlotte Serber made the nuclear bomb possible.
The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project’s Secrets – Atlas Obscura