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2006 October

Open House Visit

Official Scenic Historic Marker



"The world's first atomic explosion occurred on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site near the north end of the historic Jornada del Muerto. It marked the beginning of the nuclear age, and the culmination of the Manhattan Project. The site, now part of the White Sands Missile Range, is closed to the public."

Film crew, monument in background Although the site is usually closed to the public, there is a public open house on the first Saturday in April and October, in most years. A variety of displays, souvenir vendors, and food booths were near the parking area. Speeches were given at the monument at ground zero. Old photos were displayed along the fence around the site. People wandered around looking, photographing, measuring radiation, talking and thinking.

Related links:
A much more comprehensive description of a visit on the same day (very long page with many large photos).
Terraserver aerial view of ground zero; and topographic map.
Visit the Salmon and Sterling test site near Baxterville, Mississippi.

Fence to fence panorama

Bus ride to McDonald Ranch Buses are provided for rides to the McDonald Ranch House, about 2 miles away.

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It is not what actually happens that makes us happy or sad. Rather, it is our own mind. If we really want to accomplish a state of peace, if we want to understand our own perfect nature which goes beyond the extremes of the ordinary mind - happy and sad, good and bad - we have to change the mind."
~ from "Finding Ease of Mind," a teaching by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche ~

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