The Hanford Engineer Works was built to create large quantities of plutonium at a roughly 600-square-mile site along the Columbia River in Washington State. More than 51,000 workers at Hanford constructed and operated a massive industrial complex to fabricate, test, and irradiate uranium fuel and chemically separate out plutonium.
The Hanford landscape is also representative of one of the first acts of the Manhattan Project, the condemnation of private property and eviction of homeowners and Native American tribes to clear the way for the top-secret work.
At Hanford the park includes:
The T-Plant, a chemical separations canyon, will not be in the park initially, but visitors will learn about its vital role at other locations in the park.
The Hanford B-Reactor National Historic Landmark Tours are offered Monday through Saturday, from April through September. During the tour season the visitor center is closed on Sundays and during the off season, the visitor center is closed Friday through Sunday. Visitors can register for tours by online, phone, or in person. The free, guided tours last approximately 4 hours, including travel to and from the B-Reactor on a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored bus. DOE will also offer tours of the pre-Manhattan Project facilities during the same timeframe.
For more information, please visit the Manhattan Project NHP B-Reactor Tours page.
DirectionsThe Hanford visitor contact station is located in Richland, Washington, at 2000 Logston Blvd. It can be reached by taking Hwy 240 North and turning right onto Logston Blvd. and taking an immediate right into the parking lot.
Last updated: May 30, 2019