National Park Service to open the birthplace of the atomic bomb


Soon you will be able to walk in the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy works to ensure that this happens at three Manhattan Project sites around the country.

The three sites, Oak Ridge, Tennessee., Hanford, Wash. and Los Alamos, N. M, were part of the Manhattan Project, the program in which it is made up of the atom bombs. Although the atomic bombs were used against Japan in 1945, the Manhattan Project was initially launched in a race against the Axis powers during the second world War.

Charles Strickfaden, director of the NPS’ Los Alamos Site said that the New Mexican sites, what were the scientists were designing and building the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Strickfaden said that although the scientists allgedly spoke about the ethics and morality of such a powerful weapon, but ultimately they were trying to find a way to defeat the Nazis.


Bill Hudgins worked at the Los Alamos site mixing chemicals in science labs in the 1940’s. He did not know that he was helping to create the first atomic bomb when he began to work, but he did not mind the time, because the salary was good and he knew that he was helping the war.

“I see this as one of the happiest things that ever happened to me,” said Hudgins. “I was doing the best that I’m probably somewhere in the help of the war.”

Although the National Park Service is in the process of the creation of the historical attractions for tourists, the project is not intended to rule on the question of whether the atomic bomb was good or bad. The parks are intended to commemorate an undeniably important part of world War II– and America’s history.

“We are not going back to rewrite history, we can tell from historical documents, from government documents, and our communities the nation and the audience was feeling. And we leave it to our audiences and our visitors to determine their own version of how the opinion about the atom bomb and how they feel about nuclear technology of today,” said Strickfaden.

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is different than the other parks, because the NPS is not the owner of the land. In place of the NPS with the current owner, the Ministry of Energy to these once secret places open for public tours. Today, there are only guided tours for historians, and NPS experts, but park service officials hope to make the limited public guided tours of the Los Alamos site in three to five years.

The buildings are not up to code and asbestos, but the radiation is not a problem for the quiet New Mexico town.


While many of the areas included in the Los Alamos part of the national historical park is not open, there are many important places of meaning, is already available. The home of the world famous physicist Dr. Robert Oppenheimer is visible right next to the Cold War Museum.

Visitors can also see Ashley Pond, the place of many of the former laboratories and Fuller Lodge, where many of the scientists ate and slept. It is estimated that at least six Nobel prize winners used Fuller Lodge as their cafeteria.

For those who work in Los Alamos, the historic sites are a constant reminder of the important contributions of just a couple of decades ago.

Said Heather McClenahan, Executive Director of the Los Alamos Historical Society,”What type of formulas they would have written on their napkins, their scientific discussions would have done?”

Ray Bogan is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in El Paso, Texas. Follow him on twitter: @RayBogan


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