Thursday, July 1, 2010
Arco Idaho Lit by Atomic Power for one hour in 1955 Photograph
On July 17, 1955, Arco, Idaho became the first U.S. town to be powered by nuclear energy. The demonstration lasted for one hour in the 1,350-person community. The National Reactor Testing Station, now called the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, supplied the power from its Borax-III reactor. It was part of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Five-Year Reactor Development Program in the mid-1950's. The AEC tested five types of experimental reactors. The Borax-III was an early prototype of a boiling water reactor, a type of reactor which still produces electricity for utilities today. This information is taken from this web site.
I took this photograph when driving through Arco on the way to the Craters of the Moon, a fascinating place, 26 miles from Arco, Idaho
This is a cone mountain, fine pieces of lava piled quite high in Craters of the Moon National Monument. I climbed part way, rather slick and steep.
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