Baxterville, Mississippi: Atomic Bombs Exploded Here

Two different atom bombs were exploded here, 2,700 feet below the surface, in 1964 and 1966, as part of Project Dribble. A monument with plaques marks the spot: one plaque gives details of the explosions, the other warns against "excavation, drilling, and/or removal of materials."

Salmon Event Nuclear Test Site

Tatum Salt Dome Rd, Baxterville, MS
Salmon Event Nuclear Test Site. I-59 exit 41. Drive north on Hwy 13/E. Main St. for 13 miles. Turn right onto Tatum Salt Dome Rd. Drive three miles. When you pass Smith Rd on the left, drive another half-mile. You'll see an unmarked dirt road on the right blocked by a bar gate. Park (don't block any roads) and walk in (Private property; be respectful). Stick to the main dirt road (others will branch off) as you head into the trees for about two miles. You'll eventually come to a clearing, then afterward the road reenters the woods and bends to the right. You'll soon see a side road on the right that leads to a clearing with many red pipes sticking out of the ground. The monument is there.
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Salmon Site: Atomic Test

Only site east of the Mississippi River where atomic bombs were tested. Access closed for years, now open to the public.

[Mike, 07/25/2020]

Two different atom bombs were exploded here, 2,700 feet below the surface, in 1964 and 1966, as part of "Project Dribble." A monument with plaques marks the spot.

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