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This is the story of how Los Alamos came to embody the atomic age.
Los Alamos Ranch School
Ashley Pond's dream of an elite boarding school for boys with nature as one of the teachers is preempted by a top-secret that changes the world.
Dorothy "Dink" McKibbin
No one got into the secret city on the hill during the Manhattan Project without first going through the office of Dorothy McKibbin at 109 East Palace Avenue in Santa Fe.
House at Otowi
By a twist of typical New Mexican fate, Edith Warren provided a place where the past could come to terms with the future at her little teahouse at the foot of the hill that was Los Alamos during World War II.
David Hawkins was the only New Mexican in the inner circle at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. His job was to troubleshoot problems, mediate disputes, and as the official historian for the project, document the entire endeavor. It was likely he who suggested Journada del Muerto as the location for the test.
The Trinity Test
The first atomic bomb was detonated at the Trinity Site in New Mexico on July 16, 1945. It changed the world.
Joe McKibben was the man who flipped the switch that set off the atomic bomb at Trinity.
New Mexican photographer Berlyn Brixner got the job of documenting the atomic test at Trinity.
He used a lot of cameras and shot lots of film.
The secrets of the atomic bomb were passed into the hands of Russian spies on the streets of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Little Boy, Fat Man, and Gadget
Three different bombs were made at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
An all-out effort to contain precious plutonium in case of an atomic test misfire comes to define the newly-coined term "S.N.A.F.U." in 1945
There was more than nuclear fallout from the atomic test at the Trinity Site. Many New Mexicans saw the flash from the giant fireball but had no idea what they had witnesses.
V2 Rockets in New Mexico
Germany's arsenal of V2 rockets was shipped to White Sands following the end of World War II and the German scientists behind the technology were brought with them. After a bumpy start, New Mexico became the birthplace of the Space Age.