A stressful week in many ways, and I’ve spent way too much time online following the news and thinking about the sorts of things that bring down Presidents. The Watergate hearings are my first memory of paying attention to politics and I’ve got quite a significant case of déjà vu happening right now.
For those of a certain age who remember the last time:
On the home front, a couple of fun things came in the mail this week.
On Saturday morning, I took a bus tour through the older parts of Richland, the next town over from where I live. Someday I really must do a long post on the history of this area (which is super-interesting, at least to me), but here’s the condensed version.
In 1942, the U.S. government chose a parcel of land in eastern Washington state to be the site of a plutonium production facility as part of the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear bomb technology. At that time, there were two small farming communities there, the towns of Hanford and White Bluffs, plus a few Native American settlements. The few thousand residents were paid for their land and given 30 to 60 days to leave. The feds brought in workers from all over the country to raze the towns and construct in their place plutonium-producing nuclear reactors, plus everything that would be needed to house, feed, transport, and entertain hundreds of employees in the middle of the desert. There was literally nothing and nobody out there, which was by design, as the project was top secret and even most of the people employed at the site didn’t know what they were working on.
The tiny town of Richland, Washington, was unincorporated and became the new home of these workers. Saturday’s bus tour was to look for remnants of World War 2 and Cold War construction projects in the midst of modern Richland.
Richland also still has a theater, a shopping center, a federal courthouse and some other structures built by the government during this period. And the parcel of land that the government bought all those years ago was back in the news this week because of the mess they made out there and are still trying to clean up.
A big thank you, as always, to Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins for starting Sunday Sevens and keeping us all grabbing for our cameras.
Have a great week, everybody, and keep well away from any 20-foot pits filled with radioactive material, okay?