Los Alamos Historical Society News:
“…magnificent, beautiful, stupendous, and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before. … light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun.”—Brig. Gen. Thomas Farrell, describing the Trinity Test of July 16, 1945.
In the northern reaches of the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range and 220 miles south of Los Alamos, the first-ever atomic device was detonated. Now a National Landmark Historical Site located behind the fences of the vast US Army White Sands Missile Range, Trinity Site will be open Oct. 2, the first time since the pandemic.
The Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a narrated two-day trip aboard a deluxe coach for the October opening of Trinity Site. Included along the way are visits to volcanic Valley of Fires and the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
Departing Friday morning, Oct. 1, the bus takes participants to Alamogordo, in order to join the early Saturday morning caravan from Tularosa, a southern approach through Mockingbird Gap that offers an expansive overview of the valley location of Trinity Site.
Once at Trinity, participants walk a quarter mile to Ground Zero. In addition, the army runs shuttle buses for the three-mile ride to the Schmidt-McDonald Ranch House, the “clean room” for the final prepping of the Trinity core.
Back on the bus, the tour will circle north through the Stallion Gate to return to Los Alamos along the route taken by the Trinity test participants in 1945. Lunch will be held in Socorro at New Mexico Tech.
Los Alamos Historical Society invites community members to hop on the bus with them! Tour reservations can be made through LosAlamosHistory.org. Call 505.662.6272 for more information. Paid reservation deadline is Sept. 1, and the tour is limited to 35 participants.