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Atomic Museum

Posted on: June 9, 2014

On our road trip up to Craters of the Moon we passed signs for the Atomic Museum.  So naturally when we had time to spare after our short hike at Craters of the Moon we stopped at the Museum to see what it was about.  Turns out EBR-I was the first atomic power plant in the world.

Museum entrance.

Museum entrance.

 

We were greeted by a nice young lady and we were there just in time for the start of a tour.  She lead us around and explained the atomic process to us.  Dec 20, 1951 is when the first usable electricity from atomic energy was created.

Billboard of facts and our pretty tour guide explaining it to us.

Billboard of facts and our pretty tour guide explaining it to us.

Several days after the event they decided that they should make of record of everyone who was there when the monumental event took place.  Unfortunately only the men working on the project were asked to sign the blackboard.  Many years later a second plaque was added with the names of the women who where there.

Chalkboard where the people who were there when it first happened signed in.

Chalkboard where the people who were there when it first happened signed in.

Here our guide is using a light to show us the 34 layers of glass used to protect the people working with the radioactive material.  Each dot is a layer of glass.  The rest of the structure is lead.  Mechanical hands were used to handle the material.

32 layers of protective glass.

34 layers of protective glass.

Our guide assured us that the building had been cleared of all radioactive material.  She also told us that none of the people who worked at this facility while it was a reactor came down with cancer.  It was an interesting tour.

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