On our first full day in Las Vegas, Dean and I hoofed it off-strip to the Atomic Testing Museum. Like most right-thinking people, I am terrified of nuclear weapons… but that fear is matched by fascination. We loved this place! It’s chock full of information on the Nevada Test Site and the history of the A-bomb, as well as cases of artifacts and interactive exhibits. You can actually experience a simulated blast (our butts were rattled and our eyes were bugged out!).
Cold War propaganda and some nifty test site badges (PJ Turner looks pretty cool, right?).
The cross-section of a cable bundle, about the thickness of a tree trunk.
Winding up an explosion forward, backwards, and in slow motion
A still from A Is For Atom, a 1950s informational film by General Electric. Check out Element Town where an anthropomorphic Radium gets crazy dance legs. This may be my new favorite animated movie.
A tour guide at a different museum told us, ‘Vegas families would pack picnics and watch the mushroom clouds. It was an attraction; we made lemonade out of our lemons.’