The following information must be provided in order to demonstrate how a property possesses exceptional significance in illustrating or interpreting a broad national story and to make a compelling justification for NHL designation.
Outlining Section 8:
• Begin with a summary statement to introduce the significance section. This should include a discussion of the NHL criteria and related NHL themes. Provide an overview of the property's national significance. This should be done in a few paragraphs.
• Discuss the broad national story associated with this property and place your property's history and/or archeology within the context of this national story.
• Using specifics discuss how and why your property possesses national significance.
• Provide the historical background of this individual property.
• Establish the relative merit of the significance and integrity of the property in comparison to other similar properties.
• Write a concluding paragraph.
Please note: when writing Section 8, please refrain from using block quotations unless absolutely necessary; large block quotations typically do not advance an argument as to why the property is eligible for NHL designation.
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B Reactor, WA:
B Reactor is the world's first production-scale nuclear reactor. It was built in 1943-1944, as part of the Manhattan Project, the wartime program to build a nuclear weapon. B Reactor produced the plutonium used in the first nuclear detonation, the Trinity test, at Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945, and in the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. B Reactor also served as the design model for early nuclear facilities constructed during the Cold War.