On 16 July, 1945 the United States tested its first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site. We all know from history what happened a month later, and the struggles that we as a nation and the world have today due to nuclear armament. So… I think we can all agree that I don’t need to go into that.
My time at WSMR was short but great, and no I don’t glow in the dark (slight twitch, but no glowing). This led me to think that a lot of people really don’t know how beautiful, and remote, this place is. WSMR, and White Sands National Monument, is located in the Tularosa Basin which lies between the Sacramento and San Andres Mountain ranges. Simply put, it is a large white beach, with no water, and gorgeous views of mountains on all sides. Bring your sled so you can go sliding down the dunes!
|My dad, me and our dog Sam|
Organ Mts overlooking WSMR
Alamogordo Army Airfield, WSMR, and the Trinity Site were not in existence in 1940. I am curious to see who was in the area. Who will you look up in the 1940 US Census?
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*Image from wikimedia: "TRINITY PHOTOGRAPH - Alamogordo, NM - Trinity test, July 16, 1945 - "JUMBO," a 120-ton steel vessel, was designed to contain the explosion of the bomb's high explosive and permit recovery of the active material in case on nuclear failure." (was not used for this purpose during test)