Atomic Bomb

Manhattan Project Records
6:46 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Richland Rediscovers Manhattan Project Era Documents

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 5:20 pm

City of Richland workers recently rediscovered many documents from the Manhattan Project era. They are finding old records from when the southeastern Washington city was a high-security government town that sprung up to build the Atomic Bomb.

The City of Richland recently hired a public records consultant. It needed help sorting out just what to keep, what to throw out and how to organize it all.

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Hanford Nuclear Reactor
6:01 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Hanford's B Reactor Could Help Remember History, Spur Economy

In this photo from World War II, B Reactor can be seen between the water towers on the right side of the photo, along with other facilities that supported the reactor.
Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell made a visit to Richland, Washington Friday to highlight how creating a B Reactor National Historical Park would create jobs and spur tourism in southeast Washington. The B Reactor at Hanford was the world’s first full-scale plutonium production facility. Correspondent Anna King has more.

Senator Maria Cantwell believes despite its dark history, Hanford has an important lesson to share.

“There is a scientific story here about scientific accomplishment,” she says.

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Hanford Site Honored
4:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Washington State May Be Honored For Producing A-Bomb

Hanford's B Reactor was the world’s first, full-scale nuclear reactor and produced the plutonium used in the “Fat Man” bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan.
Department of Energy

Washington state played a key role in helping the U.S. develop nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy hails the Hanford site as an “engineering marvel.” It was the first large scale plutonium production facility in the world and was erected in a mere thirteen months. Now lawmakers want to make part of the site a national park, along with nuclear facilities in Tennessee and New Mexico.

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