Stories of Hanford

A street in a town with a theater with a sign that reads "Ted Lewis and Orchestra Is Everybody Happy?"
Liberty Theater sign advertising Ted Lewis and Orchestra "Is Everybody Happy? $900 Bank Night."


The remote location of Hanford in eastern Washington State was chosen by Manhattan Project administrators for one purpose- to build and operate top-secret plutonium production facilities for use in the world’s first atomic bombs. At its peak, tens of thousands of workers from nearby communities contributed to this massive undertaking. Read more about the stories of Hanford below, from its role during the Manhattan Project, to life before the project and the hundreds of people who were displaced from the land, to the lasting environmental impact on the region. 
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    Last updated: August 9, 2023

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