The sign on the front of the main building.
Not a whole lot of miles today, but several places to see. Our first stop for the day was supposed to be Atomic City. We had chosen this one because it was supposed to be one of the first Atomic Power Plants. But as we arrived close to the area we quickly realized that unless everything had been removed or was underground we weren’t going to see anything. There was a very small town there and a small dirt racing track. Why it got its name seemed strange but this nearly ghost town was still barely hanging on. Even the main road in from the north was just a gravel road. We saw one gas station, which was also the Post Office and general store and a couple of dozens houses.
As we drove on towards our second stop we did see a sign on the side of the road about ten miles west of Atomic City.
The sign read “EBR-1 First Nuclear Power Plant”. Naturally, we turned down the side road. Only about a half mile off the main highway was single two-story building with a small gate house and fence around it and a parking lot. There were a few cars parked. We parked and went in to see what might be there. We were greeted and asked if we’d like the guided tour or the self-guided tour. We opted for the self-guided and took our time following the tape on the floor and numbered stops. We spent close to an hour taking pictures, reading and learning about the site. EBR stands for Experimental Breeder Reactor. So this plant created its own nuclear power and the small town of Arco nearby was the first to be powered exclusively by the nuclear power plant. Oh, by the way, there was no charge for entry or tours. Very different and very interesting.
Signage at the front gate in front of the gate house, which was closed.
Atomic City Sights & Attractions review
EBR-1 stands for Experimental Breeder Reactor number 1. It is the first nuclear power plant that produced its own fuel. At 1:50pm on December 20, 19… read entire review