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Historical landmarks right in our backyard

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By Kirsten Laskey

Sure, you can learn about the Manhattan Project through countless books, photographs and articles, but there is another way to be exposed to this significant period of time. There are actual physical artifacts, right here in Los Alamos, which can transport you back through history and into the era of the atom bomb.

Ellen McGehee, an archaeologist and historian with Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss these artifacts, these historic buildings, during the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge.

Basically, McGehee said, she will address buildings that are related to the Manhattan Project. They were either built or in use from 1943-1946.

“Really just a handful remain,” she said.

The lecture will shine the spotlight on the famous structures, which include facilities in the V-site and the Gun Site, the experimental structure known as the Concrete Bowl and the Quonset Hut where the Fat Boy was facilitated.

The Pond Cabin and the building located at T-A-18-1 known as the Slotin Building will also be discussed.

Perhaps not as well known are the experimental pit structure at T-A-12 and the K-Site.


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