Weldon Spring, Missouri: Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail
Weldon Spring Site
Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail
The view is breathtaking from the top of the seven-story-tall nuclear waste pile. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/26/2013]
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Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum
I stumbled upon this attraction in near Weldon Spring, MO while searching for Daniel Boone's home, which is nearby. This mound is part of the clean-up of nuclear and other weapons production, which took place early to later in the last century. Apparently several towns were displaced to create the operations. A very informative museum, which appears to be run by the federal government, is located there. It seems to be free -- at least we didn't pay and no one complained! As you can see from the photos, it's possible to take a walk to the summit of the mound if you really don't mind being on top of a giant nuclear waste pile. It may be the highest point in St. Charles County.[Dennis Dhaese, 02/19/2005]
The government opened the Weldon Spring Site to the public in 2002, when uranium processing waste radiation levels were judged low enough to permit tourism. The waste tomb spans 45 acres and is seven stories tall. The Adventure Trail is six miles long, with explanatory plaques along the way. The interpretive center used to be the radioactive worker detection checkpoint.