Stories of Los Alamos

Black and white photo of a woman tending to laundry on a clothesline.
Laundry in Los Alamos.


During the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, New Mexico was the center of atomic bomb design, development, and production. Under the direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer, hundreds of scientists, workers, and their families toiled on this isolated desert plateau to create the Gadget, the world’s first atomic test device, Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, and Fat Man the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Explore the articles below to uncover life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project and how the project’s arrival affected the region’s Native American and Hispanic populations. 
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    Last updated: July 18, 2023

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