Trinity Site is only 85 miles from Alamogordo, New Mexico if you travel in a military caravan which can get you through the nearest gate of White Sands Missile Range at Tularosa, New Mexico. On Saturday, October 6, 2012, three Red Hatters from New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter and two husbands dared to get out of bed at 5:00 a.m. to make themselves ready and drive to Tularosa in time to join 175 vehicles to caravan to Trinity Site. It took a little over two hours to reach our destination.
The government bought a huge ranch owned by the McDonald family to make it ready as the test site for this Atomic bomb. The bomb's core was assembled in the McDonald ranch house. The basic house was still standing after the blast and some years later the house was restored allowing visitors to tour it. The blast was felt as far away as Gallup, New Mexico (about 250 miles) and people in Tularosa and Alamogordo said it was the day that the sun rose and set twice as they viewed the searing light from the bomb.
|Caravan forming up in parking lot at Tularosa High School|
|Penny aka Duchess of High Rolls and Carla aka Queen Ladybird|
|Do I really look radioactive??|
|L to R: Penny, Sylvester, Monica aka Duchess of Cottonwood, and Carla|
|We've decided we are all radioactive!|
|Here we are standing inside "Jumbo" originally built by Babcock and Wilcox of Ohio to house the bomb|
|We are standing at the monument created to commemorate ground zero|
|This rail surrounds what's left of one leg of the 100 foot tower that held the bomb. Tower melted!|
|"Fatman" bomb casing like that which held the bomb dropped on Nagasaki|
|Here we stand with the "Fatman"|
|A shot across the crater created when the bomb was tested|
|Behind us is an area of the crater that has been preserved exactly the way it was after the test|
|Line for buses going to the McDonald Ranch House|
|McDonald Ranch House|
|Side view of McDonald Ranch House|
|Front view and to the left is a covered cattle guard in use when the family resided here|
|Carla at back door|
|Room where bomb core was assembled|
|Clif McDonald grew up in the ranch house and he is truly a historical treasure|
Thanks, Doug, for all the great photos.
This is all I have to say for now.