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  Jumbo fragment
by toonsarah

About half a block south of the Plaza in a quiet street near the County Hall is this odd-looking memorial. This is a fragment from Jumbo, a rather cute name for a rather sinister object. Jumbo was the huge steel vessel designed to contain the explosion of the first ever nuclear device, which was detonated at the Trinity Site 35 miles southeast of Socorro on 16th July 1945. It was 25 feet long, 12 feet in diameter and weighed 214 tons. It was not actually used for that first explosion but as it was just 800 feet from ground zero it did suffer some damage, and in later experiments had its ends blown out. It is thus a slightly disturbing souvenir of those early experiments in atomic warfare. Even today many Socorroans apparently remember the light of the first atomic blast at White Sands Missile Range. Trinity Site is now a monument, open twice a year.

Directions: Take Court Street south from the Plaza

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 1, 2011
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