Events planned to celebrate 75th anniversary of the B Reactor
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Several organizations from around the Tri-Cities are planning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the B Reactor.
Hanford’s B Reactor went critical for the first time in 1944. It was built in 11 months and was deemed the world’s first ever large-scale nuclear reactor. Plutonium was made at Hanford for the first atomic bomb during WWII. Because of its rich history, organizations want to keep the memory alive.
“More and more people have that interest, and they travel to different places because of their interest in history,” said Pam Larsen, Executive Director of Hanford Communities Organization. “And so it’s just a great opportunity for us from an economic standpoint and to bring many visitors to our area.”
A few of the events include Wings & Wheels, Atomic Heritage Days and a flyover of the B-17 Bomber.
“It’s a way to honor our past, to share the history of our community,” Larsen said. “And it’s also a tourism opportunity for us to bring people here from around the country, and we’ve had visitors come to B Reactor from over 70 countries around the world, so it’s an interest to many people.”
For a full list of events, click here.