The 100-foot steel tower from which “the gadget” was detonated. Courtesy photo
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 6-7 for the spring opening.
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
Bonuses include a visit to the young (5,000-year- old) lava flows of Valley of Fires, and the New Mexico Space Museum overlooking the Tularosa Basin, Holloman Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range. This excursion aboard a comfortable, restroom-equipped coach includes experienced tour direction is with Georgia and Gerry Strickfaden, leading their fifteenth trip to Trinity.
The cost for Historical Society members is $350/person double occupancy; $400 for non-members, with a $50 single supplement for either. The price includes a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Historical Society.
Only 36 seats are available. To reserve a spot, a $100 per person down payment is required. Payments may be mailed to the Los Alamos Historical Society, PO Box 43, Los Alamos, NM 87544, made at the Los Alamos History Museum, or made through the Society’s secure website, www.losalamoshistory.org. The remainder is due by Monday, March 12, 2018. Refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, can be made through March 17.