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Longing for the BombOak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia$
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Lindsey A. Freeman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622378

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622378.001.0001

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Manhattan Project Time Machine

Manhattan Project Time Machine

(p.138) Chapter Seven Manhattan Project Time Machine
Longing for the Bomb

Lindsey A. Freeman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the growth of tourism in former nuclear sites, as the former sites of the Manhattan Project, as well as its progeny—nuclear storage facilities and aging apparatuses from Cold War nuclear complexes—became places of interest for tourists. Just as industrial tourism became popular in areas of de-industrialization, nuclear tourism is becoming a more common practice in spaces of de-nuclearization. For instance, the Secret City Festival of Oak Ridge included tours to the enormous former factories of the Manhattan Project. In addition, sites of atomic tourism attempt to halt the erasure of the nation’s nuclear past, but they do so mostly by conjuring the prelapsarian days before many of the dangers of nuclear weapons were known.

Keywords:   nuclear sites, Manhattan Project, Secret City Festival, nuclear complexes, Oak Ridge, Cold War

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