Hanford Site Social
In 1943, as scientists, workers and construction laborers poured into Hanford for the Manhattan Project, facilities were slow to keep up with the influx of tens of thousands of people. At first, tent cities and temporary barracks were necessary, leaving new arrivals disappointed. By the second half of the year, however, construction accelerated, pay increased, and though they were segregated, recreational facilities opened—news welcomed by the large population of young singles. Dances, socials, plays and sports were popular diversions.