AUTHORGibson, Elizabeth
TITLEImages of America: Richland Washington
PUBLISHERArcadia Publishing
CITYCharleston, SC

The history of the community of Richland, Washington is the subject of this photographic essay, which was composed by a third generation worker at the neighboring Hanford Engineering Works (HEW) using historic photographs. The book illustrates Richland's transition from a small farming town to a thriving post-World War II city supporting the large facility that produced plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons. Detailed captions combine with the pictures to document the region's shift from agriculture to plutonium production and finally to environmental restoration. The majority of the images concentrate on the social and cultural life of the community with a few showing the nuclear reactors and facilities of the HEW site. The book is a component of the Images of America series.

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