Sunday, April 14, 2019

Photos of Trinity Site

As promised, here are the photos I took last weekend during my trip to Trinity. For those unfamiliar with Trinity, it is the site of the first atomic bomb test on 16 July 1945 in the Jornada del Muerto desert thirty-five miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico on what was then the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now the White Sands Missile Range. The site is only open two days a year.

The drive from Socorro to Trinity. The test site is at the base of the mountains directly ahead.
The entry gate.

The obelisk at ground zero. The perimeter fence in the background roughly delineates the crater created by the blast.

What the site looked like on 16 July 1945.

The remains of one of the tower mounts.

The obelisk at Ground Zero.

The McDonald ranch house where the core for plutonium Fat Man bomb was assembled prior to being transported to Trinity.

Three shots of the room where the core was assembled.

What the ranch and the surrounding buildings looked like in 1945.

What the site looks like today. Everything except the McDonald Ranch and the windmill was torn down shortly after the test.

On a lighter note, the Big G was there celebrating his birthday.

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