Mars Bluff, South Carolina: Atom Bomb Dropped Here
- Crater Rd, Mars Bluff, SC
- On E. Palmetto St./US 301, roughly 6.5 miles east of Florence. The marker is on the north side of the highway, 1.2 miles east of Freedom Blvd or .3 miles west of Francis Marion Rd/Hwy 327. To reach the crater, drive up the road (Crater Rd) next to the marker, then turn sharply right as it bends around an abandoned trailer park. When you get to a gate leading out of the trailer park, you'll see a small, overgrown path on the left leading into the woods, to the crater. Visitors are assumed to have gained permission from the owner to visit.
- Private property.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
In 1958 an atom bomb fell out of a plane and blew a crater into the gummy soil of Mars Bluff, South Carolina. The atomic part didn't explode. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/03/2010]
Visitor Tips and News About Atom Bomb Dropped Here
The trail head is in the back right corner of the property. The signs are all gone but you can see the post that it was one. Once you walk back a bit you will see the Gregg's house foundation sign. Keep walking.[Nv, 12/14/2011]
In 1958 an unarmed A bomb was dropped near Florence, SC near Mars Bluff. An investor bought the land and put a large trailer park next to the crater. The land was taken in lieu of taxes owed. On the day we visited, we saw signs and a team of surveyors.[C. J. Johnson, 07/13/2008]
Bomb fragments are on display at a museum in Florence, SC.