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:
- “Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi”, Stephen Cresswell. Mississippi Historical Society, posted August 2008.
- “Nuclear Testing in Mississippi: A Little Known History”, LaReeca Rucker. Clarion Ledger blog, posted January 28, 2013.
- US Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management, Salmon Site.
- Mens et Manus.Net, Salmon and Sterling Nuclear Detonation Test Site