Harold & Mary Anns Travels 2013 travel blog

Hanford Reservation

B Reactor

B Reactor

B Reactor

B Reactor Control Room

Works for Me

 

Sacajawea State Park

 

Sacajawea State Park

Sacajawea State Park

Sacajawea State Park

Prosser

Prosser

Columbia River

Columbia River Railroad Bridge

Columbia River Railroad Bridge

Columbia River Railroad Bridge

Columbia River Railroad Bridge

Columbia River Railroad Bridge

Columbia River Railroad Bridge

Columbia River Bridge

Columbia River Bridge

Flo

Flo

Ron & Flo


Our stop in this part of Washington started with a visit with Mike and Carol, some long time fellow RV club members and great friends. They arranged a tour of the Hanford Site which was a fantastic history lesson. the Hanford Site was the Plutonium supplier for the first atomic bomb, and produced most of the plutonium ever produced in the US The Hanford site is a 500 square mile site, that at its peak employed 50,000 people. We ended our first day at Mike and Carol's home for a great dinner! Below is more information on Hanford.

One of the most historic buildings at Hanford is the B Reactor, code named 105-B during World War II. The 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, in August of 1945. Five days after that bomb was deployed, World War II ended.

B Reactor is an engineering marvel that was built in only thirteen months (1943-1944). As the world’s first nuclear reactor, drawings and blueprints were being developed at the same time the reactor was being constructed. It wasn’t unusual for crews to be given hand-written notes or sketches to guide them during the construction process. Many of the specialized tools needed for the project hadn’t been invented, so Hanford crews often designed and built their own tools. Since there were no computers when the reactor was being built, calculations for the project were done using slide rules or a pencil and paper!

http://www.b-reactor.org/preserve.htm This Site offers more details.

While in this area the girls spent one day visiting a local Farmers Market, and some of the local wineries. Ron and I went to see the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, stopped at one local museum, and did a quick tour of Sacajawea State Park, and ended our day walking on a train trestle over the Columbia River. Tomorrow it's on to Coeur D Alene, Idaho.



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