Nuclear weapons are fascinating objects that dominate my interest. Perhaps growing up during the waning years of the Cold War when hysteria far outpaced fact after 50 years of threatened nuclear annihilation sparked my fascination. By the late 1980s nukes had become so commonplace, along with the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction, that people resigned themselves […]Read more "Nuclear History: Minuteman I Missile Silo"
Hanford is infamous in Washington as an ecological and radiological nightmare: the facility was built rapidly with little environmental concerns during the height of WWII, with the intent of being taken offline soon after the war concluded. The immediate jump into the Cold War kept the reactor online, producing tons of plutonium for thousands of nuclear weapons as the Red Scare and arms race escalated.Read more "Nuclear History: Exploring Hanford’s B-Reactor."
Atop a small hill outside of Junction City and Ft. Riley, Kansas, sits a piece of American atomic oddity. The now quietly rusting cannon represents a strange period of the Atomic Era, a time in the early 1950s before nuclear missiles when bombers and artillery still reigned supreme instruments of strategic battle. My fascination with […]Read more "Abandoned Atomica: Kansas Nuclear Cannon."