America had a lot going for it in the 1950s — economic prosperity,
technological innovation, military might, a baby boom — but in the
current times of nuclear non-proliferation, it’s easy to forget it also had nuclear bomb tests in the Nevada desert whose glow could be seen from Los Angeles.
These photos, taken in L.A. at that time, show the pre-dawn luminescence caused by A-bomb tests carried out at the vast Nevada Test Site, northwest of Las Vegas.
Between October 1951 through September 1992, 928 atomic tests were
conducted at the NTS, 100 of which were completed above ground more than
300 miles away from L.A. in the sprawling Desert National Wildlife
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