Nuclear holiday in 1950s Sin City


People usually think about the gruesome and tremendous destruction that a nuclear weapon would bring, however, the nuclear bomb was a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. The U.S. Department of Energy carried out more than a thousand nuclear tests at the Nevada Desert, 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, for 4 decades. A series of photos shows us these people’s holiday in Sin City against spectacular fireball and mushroom cloud. Image source: Las Vegas News Bureau  & Las Vegas Sun

Model Posing In Front Of A Nuclear Cloud

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Nuclear Tests Were A Rather Ordinary Part Of Life In Las Vegas

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Miss Atomic Bomb Of Sin City

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Bombs Over Fremont

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Fashion Of The Atomic Age

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Reporters witness the nuclear test on Frenchman Flat, June 24, 1957

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Just A Few Moments To Get That Perfect Shot

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A Bright Flash From The Nuclear Blast…

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…And A Pillar Of Smoke That Follows

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Nevada Test Site Employed Nearly 100,000 Men And Women

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Nuclear Tests Would Draw In Hundreds Of Spectators…

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…And Leave Something For Those Who Missed It

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Birds-Eye View Of Dozens Of Craters Dotting The Yucca Flats

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