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The towns of White Bluffs, Hanford, and Richland in Washington State were evacuated in 1943 to build plutonium production facilities. The facilities were built on what is now known as the Hanford Site. Since plutonium had never been produced on an industrial scale and there was the potential for accidents, the facilities had to be located away from the populated east coast and other Manhattan Project sites. Between 1,200 and 1,500 people were evicted in a 1-month period. Buildings such as the this school were abandoned. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has conducted cultural and archeological studies on the Hanford Site.

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Document Title: Hanford Townsite School
Category: History
Media Type: Photos
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Background: For more information on Hanford history, see Hanford Tank Cleanup: A Guide to Understanding the Technical Issues.
URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/SMAA-496PYN

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