Saturday morning Kyle and I got up bright and early to drive the 3 hours out to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. We were going to see the Trinity Atomic Bomb Site. On July 16, 1945 at 5:29am the first atomic bomb was assembled and tested at the Trinity Site. Less than one month later on August 6th the 2nd atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and the 3rd on Nagasaki on August 9th.
Being able to stand in the place where so much history had been created was incredible. We were able to step foot in the building where the plutonium core was assembled. Here are pictures from our trip:
1. This is "Jumbo". The bomb was supposed to be placed inside but they decided against. It was 800ft away from the detonation site in a steel tower and it survived the blast. In 1946 they filled it with 8 500lb bombs that blew the ends off.
2. Us standing inside "Jumbo"
3. The monument that stands at the detonation site
4. Us next to the monument
1. This structure is the only piece left of the tower that the bomb sat on
2. A replica of the "Fat Man" bomb casing that was dropped on Nagasaki
3. An aerial view of the trinity site after the bomb exploded
4. A picture of the mushroom cloud created by the bomb
1. McDonald Ranch- where the plutonium core was assembled
2. The exact room of the house where the core was assembled
3. a timeline of the bomb's creation and detonation
4. Us on the bus ride back to the main site
1. The crowd from the 1965 open house
2. Newspaper article announcing the bombing on Japan
3. The bomb completely assembled at the top of the tower
4. "Jumbo" being brought in on a rail car
This was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever had. I'm so glad that we had the opportunity to go, especially now since it's only open twice a year (1st weekend in April and 1st weekend in October). If you are ever in this area during the times it is open, definitely go. You will not regret it!
Hope you enjoyed my pictures.
Have a great day!