Trestle, Area 5

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This trestle was one of a series built for showing the effects of an atomic weapons pressure wave. There were a half dozen trestles, but today only one stands in the desolate silence of Frenchman Flat. More than 50 years has elapsed since Priscilla, as it was part of the Plumb-bob series detonated in 1957.
Hundreds of atomic weapons tests took place in the desert less than a hundred miles from Las Vegas. More to the point, the wind was not always blowing away from Vegas.

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