Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Arco, Idaho

Early the next morning I was passing through Arco, Idaho about 15 miles from Craters of the Moon.  Arco has the distinction of being the first city in the world to receive it's electricity from a nuclear power plant.  Experimental Breeder Reactor One (EBR1) is located east of the city and in 1955 it began providing power to the town of Arco. 

As I was passing through town, the green and orange shape above caught my eye.  I immediately recognized it as a torpedo and turned around to see why there was a torpedo displayed in a tiny city in the middle of Idaho.

This was part of a display at the Idaho Science Center.  It is all outside and primarily focused on the submarines and the role of nuclear power in warfare.  The two granite stones are monuments to submariners and there is some basic information on the torpedo.

This is the sail from the U.S.S. Hawkbill, a nuclear powered attack submarine that was decommissioned in 2000.  The sail was stripped of it's classified materials and shipped to Arco to be put on display.

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