Historical marker.

Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

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Parachute, Colorado

By the late 1960s the U.S. government was anxious to find some use for its surplus of nuclear bombs. Its friends in the petroleum industry had the answer: explode them underground to release natural gas! It would be a lot faster and cheaper than drilling.

On September 10, 1969, that's what the U.S. government did. A 40-kiloton atomic bomb was blown up here, a little over a mile underground. The explosions released lots of natural gas -- but it was too radioactive to ever be used.

The project was abandoned, the shaft was sealed with cement, and a concrete marker and plaque now mark this remote site.

Rulison Nuclear Blast Site

Address:
Unnamed Rd, Parachute, CO
Directions:
I-70 exit 75. Drive south on CR 215/CR 300 for a half-mile, then bear left onto CR 301/N. Battlement Pkwy. Follow for a little over three miles (be careful to follow N. Battlement Pkwy, not E. Battlement Pkwy), then turn right onto CR 310. Follow until it dead-ends (around a mile), then make a sharp right onto an unnamed road and follow for around three miles. Stay straight when the road turns sharply left. Drive another thousand feet and look for the bright yellow Nuclear Blast Site sign behind the wooden fence.
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