In the 1950s, visitors flocked to Las Vegas to view the neon lights, but many also set their sights on the atomic tests at the distant Nevada Test Site.
The Nevada National Security Site, known as the Nevada Test Site is a United States Department of Energy reservation located in Nye County, Nevada, about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The site was established in 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices and covers approximately 1,360 miles of desert and mountainous terrain. Nuclear weapons testing began with a one kiloton-of-TNT bomb on January 27, 1951. Over the next forty years, over one thousand nuclear explosions were detonated at the site. The Atomic Testing Museum commemorates this era, when the power of the atom was just being discovered and there was just as much naïveté as there was concern over what this new technology was capable of.
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