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Photos of Trinity Site

For those of you who don't know me, I'm one of the regulars on Watching Wyrd and I visit unusual locations for Wyrd News. Every other week, I post photos of some of the sites I've visited. It's fortunate that this week's posting coincides with 16 July 1945, the day the first atomic weapon was tested at Trinity Site.

I was fortunate enough to travel to New Mexico in April 2019 to visit Trinity and Roswell. The photos of my visit to the locations associated with the Roswell incident can be seen here.) The park is only two days out of the year to visitors. Check their website for the dates for the 2022 openings.

For those unfamiliar with Trinity, it is the site of the first atomic bomb test 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 drive from Socorro to Trinity. The test site is at the base of the mountains directly ahead.

The entry gate.

Ground zero. The perimeter fence in the background delineates the crater created by the blast.

What the site looked like on 16 July 1945 before the blast.

The remains of one of the tower mounts.

The obelisk at Ground Zero.

The McDonald ranch house where the core for the plutonium bomb was assembled prior to being transported to Trinity and loaded into the weapon.

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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