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Hanford History

Hanford, Washington, a small town consisting mostly of farms and ranches along the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest desert, was evacuated in less than 30 days, after the war department decided to seize the land for the Manhattan Project. In early 1943, both homeowners and local Native American tribes were displaced. Though the area is still known as the Hanford site, the town was essentially erased with bulldozers, in preparation for the massive construction necessary to house graphite reactors and Manhattan Project workers.

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Historic image car parked in front of home
Historic image of Hanford facility