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Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West

John M. Findlay · University of Washington Press
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback

On the banks of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest river lies the Hanford nuclear reservation, an industrial site that appears to be at odds with the surrounding vineyards and desert. The 586-square-mile compound on the Columbia River is known both for its origins as part of the Manhattan...
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Made in Hanford: The Bomb That Changed the World

Hill Williams · Washington State Univ Press
Pages: 190
Format: Paperback

In 1942, a small plane carrying Lt. Col. Franklin T. Matthias and two DuPont engineers flew over three farming communities in eastern Washington. The passengers agreed. Isolated and near the powerful Columbia River, the region was the ideal site for the world's first plutonium factory....
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The Manhattan Project at Hanford Site

Elizabeth Toomey · Arcadia Publishing
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback

The Manhattan Project at Hanford Site describes the top-secret effort undertaken during World War II to develop a weapon never imagined at "Site W" or "Hanford Engineer Works," one of three sites selected in the United States (plus Los Alamos and Oak Ridge) to research and produce weapons...
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Richland, Washington

Elizabeth Gibson · Arcadia Publishing
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback

The Columbia Basin was dusted only with sagebrush and bunchgrass before settlers harnessed the power of the mighty Columbia River. With irrigation came the small town of Richland, and its sister towns of White Bluffs and Hanford. On the advent of U.S. involvement in the Second World War,...
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Nowhere to Remember: Hanford, White Bluffs, and Richland to 1943

Robert Bauman · Washington State University Press
Pages: 196
Format: Paperback

Drawn from Hanford History Project personal narratives, Nowhere to Remember highlights life in Hanford, White Bluffs, and Richland--three small eastern Washington agricultural communities where Euro-American settlers transformed acres of sagebrush into fruit orchards and neighbors helped...
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Working on the Bomb: An Oral History of WWII Hanford

S. L. Sanger · Continuing Education Press; Revised edition
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback

The history of the Hanford Engineering Works, a site in eastern Washington that produced and separated plutonium for the Manhattan Project.
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Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Melvin R Adams · Washington State University Press
Pages: 140
Format: Paperback

Perhaps the first environmental engineer at Hanford, Melvin R. Adams spent 24 years on its 586 square miles of desert terrain. His thoughtful vignettes recall challenges and sites he worked on or found personally intriguing--like the 216-U-pond, contaminated with plutonium longer than any other...
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The Hanford Reach: A Land of Contrasts

Susan Zwinger · University of Arizona Press
Pages: 79
Format: Paperback

The desert country along the Columbia River is one of the West’s least-known desert places—one that most people don’t even drive through unless they are unusually curious travelers. The Hanford Reach is the last free stretch of the river between the McNary and Priest Rapids Dams,...
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The Cassandra: A Novel

Sharma Shields · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 304
Format: Ebook

Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman. Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South...
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​Secret Mission: Hanford

Jim Zimmer · KSPS-TV
Format: DVD

The fascinating story of Hanford's secret role in World War II's Manhatten Project
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