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"Somewhere in No-Man’s Land": Army Camp Hanford and America’s Defense Program

Author(s): Margaret R Clark

Year: 2016

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Summary

For four decades, Hanford reactors produced plutonium, generating the fuel for America’s first atomic bombs. In 1950, as the Arms Race increased, the Department of Defense established Anti-Aircraft Artillery sites throughout Hanford to protect the nation’s top secret nuclear facilities. Under the Army’s command, these AAA batteries, base camps and battalion headquarters were home to the men that were "the last defense." This paper will present the historical artifacts recovered from a refuse dump associated with Camp Hanford from 1950 to 1959. This collection, coupled with oral history, provides an opportunity to explore and document everyday Army life on Hanford during the Korean and Cold War Eras.


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"Somewhere in No-Man’s Land": Army Camp Hanford and America’s Defense Program. Margaret R Clark. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434976)


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Temporal Keywords
1950-1960


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 555

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America