So last weekend we went to the Hanford Site and took a tour. This was spurred on by my reading Orchard of Eden: White Bluffs on the Colombia 1907-1943. This was a fascinating book about the settlement and then condemnation of this area. I found out that they are doing historic tours of the area and scheduled ours. It started out at the Bruggeman Homestead. It was a farm started by a German immigrant which was quite successful until they were evicted. The craftsmanship of the rock building and the engineering if their irrigation system were impressive.
Next we went by the B reactor (which has its own tour) and the entombed D reactors.
We then went to the remains of the town of White Bluffs, where my book was based. The only structure left is the bank which is being renovated to its earlier glory.
We then went to the town of Hanford. The only structure still standing is the shell of the high school.
We passed by the last functioning reactor out of 8 on the way off the site.
The history of Hanford is fascinating, and this tour was as well. And it is free. I would highly recommend it.
WOW! Thanks for the great history tour. I’ve never been over that way, but it’s on my list for various state park, hiking and geocaching adventures. The rock work on the homestead is pretty amazing.
It is really cool there. And that rock building was just a barn. In the 1970’s they tore down all the other buildings on the nuclear reservation including the amazing rock house. So the photos I took are the only buildings left except there is a pump station but my photos did not turn out.