Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Mississippi), nuclear test, October 22, 1964.

Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Mississippi), nuclear test, October 22, 1964. Chimneys, porches and outbuildings of some residences in the vicinity were braced prior to the blast. Call number: PI/1994.0005. (WInfred Moncrief Photograph Collection)

Somewhat surprisingly, Lamar County, Mississippi was the testing site for the only two nuclear blast tests conducted east of the Mississippi River, in 1964 and 1966.

We’ve added a new set of photos to the Winfred Moncrief collection on Flickr, which documents the 1964 Salmon, Mississippi Site nuclear test — also termed the Tatum Salt Dome site — conducted approximately 10 miles west of Purvis, Mississippi on October 22, 1964. View these fascinating pictures on Flickr:

Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Miss.), nuclear test, October 22, 1964. As pictured and identified in a Hattiesburg American newspaper article October 23, 1964, Horace Burge home "ramsacked [sic] by blast" approx. 2 miles from ground zero. Burge surveys damage.

Tatum Salt Dome, Lamar County (Miss.), nuclear test, October 22, 1964. As pictured and identified in a Hattiesburg American newspaper article October 23, 1964, Horace Burge home “ramsacked [sic] by blast” approx. 2 miles from ground zero. Burge surveys damage. Call number: PI/1994.0005. (WInfred Moncrief Photograph Collection)

 You can learn more about these two nuclear tests through the following links: