Atomic Fun...or how I learned to love the bomb!

Trip Start May 09, 2009
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Trip End May 27, 2010


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Mountain View RV Park

Flag of United States  , Idaho
Friday, June 19, 2009

Our next stop was to a campground near Arco, Idaho. Arco is one strange little town.  It's major claim to fame is being the first town to be lit by electricity created by nuclear power (1955).  As  you see from the photos attached, they are proud of their connection to nuclear power – and really all things nuclear.  They have an exhibit with a nuclear warhead and a memorial to a nuclear submarine (numbered 666!).  (I found out later via Wikipedia that the nearby National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS) made further history in 1961, when the SL-1 reactor melted down, causing three deaths. It was the world's first (and the U.S.' and only) fatal reactor accident.  Funny, they don't mention that in Arco!)   They also have the "Number Hill" where each graduating class paints their year on a hill.  They know how to have fun there.

We were camping near Arco for the specific purpose of touring the Craters of the Moon National Monument.  This area has spectacular formations of basaltic lava and we were looking forward to hiking some trails through the area.  However, our bad luck with weather came through for us again and it poured down rain when we went there.  So, a drive-through had to suffice.  Some day we hope to get back to see it in better conditions.

In retrospect, Arco was much more entertaining than Craters could ever be!!

p.s. Be sure to click on each photo from Arco for details you won't want to miss!
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