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Home > Nevada > Mercury vicinity > Nevada Test Site, Japanese Village, Area 4, Yucca Flat, 4-04 Road near Rainier Mesa Ro, Mercury, Nye County, NV



B&W Photos
BWPhotos 348546
HB857232
BWPhotos 348546
BWPhotos 348547
HB857233
BWPhotos 348547
BWPhotos 348548
HB857234
BWPhotos 348548
BWPhotos 348549
HB857235
BWPhotos 348549
BWPhotos 348550
HB857236
BWPhotos 348550


Item Title
BWPhotos 348550

Location
4-04 Road near Rainier Mesa Ro, Mercury vicinity, NV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NV-27
Building/structure dates: 1962 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1994 subsequent work
Significance: The Japanese Village has been determined to be eligible to the National Register of Historic Places because of its association with historical and scientific events of exceptional importance. These light-frame wooden structures were constructed as analogs to typical Japanese houses for Operation BREN (Bare Reactor Experiment, Nevada), which was part of Project Ichiban. Project Ichiban was established to investigate radiation fields from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The wood frame structures were built for dosimetry experiments designed to determine the shielding effects of traditional Japanese houses. These investigations allowed researchers to calculate radiation doses received by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. At the time the dosimetry studies were completed, the results comprised the largest single set of data available on the shielding effects of Japanese housing and by extrapolation, nuclear radiation on human beings. Today, the site provides a direct link between the U.S. nuclear testing program and the only combat use of atomic weapons.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
War (World War II)
Wooden Buildings


Related Names
Atomic Bomb Casuality Commission (ABCC)
Holmes & Narver, Incorporated
U.S. Department Of Energy
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Knight, J. H.
Smith, Rick, Photographer
Johnson, William Gray, Historian
Edwards, Susan R., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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