Common sense isn't.
(Text from the plaque)
|WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICA'S MISSILE AND SPACE ACTIVITY
McDONALD RANCH HOUSE
|DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In the front room of this humble ranch house the world's first nuclear
device was assembled on 13 July 1945. The device was then take to Trinity
Site, two miles from here, where it was placed into a test bomb and detonated
at dawn on 16 July 1945. This historic event signaled the dawn of a new age
and was forever to change the human experience. While nuclear technology was
born of war, it today serves mankind in countless humanitarian forms.
The McDonald Ranch House has been restored and will be preserved as it was on that fateful day in 1945 that future generations may come here to see this historic structure where an event occurred that altered forever the course of history. This site is dedicated to all those Americans who contributed to one of man's greatest technological conquests - the harnessing of the atom. Let this restored ranch house and its peaceful setting here in the shadow of the Oscura Mountains be ever a reminder to all those who come here of America's solemn obligation to use the miraculous phenomenon of the atom to serve all mankind in its untold, yet unexplored opportunities. This is an obligation we dare not fail to meet.
Niles J. Fulwyler
Major General, USA
|Quote of the moment|
|Leo Byzantius said, "What would you do, if you saw my wife, who scarce reaches up to my knees?… Yet," went he on, "as little as we are, when we fall out with each other, the city of Byzantium is not big enough to hold us."|
|~ Plutarch, Political Precepts. ~|
Common sense isn't.
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