Mercury Test Site pin

Mercury Test Site pin

This pin, showing a map of the Mercury Site at the Nevada (Atomic) Test Site, was obtained in the gift shop at the Atomic Testing Site Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Located in Mercury of Nye County, Nevada, this is a restricted area opened only to site personnel and business individuals. Once you’ve taken the exit, warning signs started to appear along the side of the road prohibiting any photography. After driving in a bit further, you’ll find yourself at a gate with military guards who’ll ask for your badge ID.

The Test Site, officially known as the Nevada National Security Site, is a place with so much history tied with atomic and high energy weapon testing. According to Wikipedia, the last bomb tested was in 1992. Needless to say, if you find yourself here at the site, do not lick any pieces of metal or attempt to eat any wildlife or vegetation. The Joshua trees peppering throughout the desert plains may look delicious but you should probably get your daily vegetable servings elsewhere.

While I was here, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was treading on special grounds. The activities that happened here carry so much historical and political significance. Their implication is boundless!

Public tours are conducted a few times a year for those who are curious. There are a few restrictions so be sure to read up on all of them.

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