And Now for Something Totally Different

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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.

Signage at the front gate in front of the gate house, which was closed.
  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.

michellepowell says:
That would be interesting to view the very first plant. Great write up.
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
X_Drive says:
As we drove thru Atomic City, about ten miles east, we thought it might be.

It was a very different experience to walk thru and even get to try and move objects with the robotic arms. Luckily, none of what we were allowed to move was more than a block of wood or steel rod. :)
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
CrazyLisa says:
Wow that must have been a trip to walk though. Sounds like an interesting way to spend some time.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
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The sign on the front of the main …
The sign on the front of the main…
Signage at the front gate in front…
Signage at the front gate in fron…
Just inside the gate was this sign.
Just inside the gate was this sign.
We had no idea what to expect.
We had no idea what to expect.
Just inside the door this was what…
Just inside the door this was wha…
Up the stairs we continued to take…
Up the stairs we continued to tak…
A map of the area with the town of…
A map of the area with the town o…
The first two stops in our tour. B…
The first two stops in our tour. …
No, this blackboard was not a test…
No, this blackboard was not a tes…
One of many recognition plaques.
One of many recognition plaques.
A shot in the contral room
A shot in the contral room
The directors Log Book
The director's Log Book
More shots of the control room
More shots of the control room
Control room
Control room
A fuel rod
A fuel rod
Where the fuel rods went
Where the fuel rods went
looking down at the main floor.
looking down at the main floor.
when the site is online it creates…
when the site is online it create…
close shot of the sign
close shot of the sign
More of the stops
More of the stops
And more explinations
And more explinations
Stop number 7 .... Tells when it m…
Stop number 7 .... Tells when it …
More data on the sight.
More data on the sight.
Another stop.
Another stop.
No, these were not the Lego blocks…
No, these were not the Lego block…
19 inch thick glass kept the outsi…
19 inch thick glass kept the outs…
We even got to play with some of…
We even got to "play" with some o…
In one room they had seveal articl…
In one room they had seveal artic…
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
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