Atomic Survival Town in Nye County, Nevada - Atlas Obscura

Atomic Survival Town

A picture-perfect town, perfect for blowing up. 

138
1652
Related Stories
Atomic Liquors, since 1952.
atom bombs

Five Landmarks of Atomic Nevada

Echoes of the hundreds of nuclear tests conducted in Nevada during the atomic age.
Top Places in Nye County
Sedan Crater, circa 1946–1962
Sedan Crater
Nye County, Nevada

Atomic Bank Vault
Nye County, Nevada

Project Faultless Site
Nye County, Nevada
See All

In 1955 a series of 14 nuclear test explosions known as “Operation Teapot” were set off in the Nevada desert at Yucca Flat.

The most memorable part of the tests were the purpose-built homes and other structures set at varying distances from the blasts to test the impact and effects of the explosions, known collectively as “Survival Town” – or, slightly less optimistically, “Doom Town.”

The most disturbing element of the fake town was its citizens: the homes were populated by 1950s picture-perfect mannequin families, bravely facing their imminent doom while going about their daily routines in dapper outfits. Thousands of spectators watched the blasts from what was thought to be a safe distance. (Note: it was not a safe distance.)

Know Before You Go

The Nevada Test Site is located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas on US-95. Public tours are available.

In partnership with KAYAK

Plan Your Trip

From Around the Web