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Socorro in Socorro County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Jumbo

 
 
Jumbo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, May 16, 2010
1. Jumbo Marker
Inscription. This is a fragment from Jumbo, a huge steel vessel designed to contain the explosion of the first nuclear device at the Trinity Site some 35 miles southeast of here on July 16, 1945. Jumbo was 25 feet long, 12 feet in diameter, and weighed 214 tons. Its steel walls were 14 inches thick. Although Jumbo was not used in the tests, it was 800 feet from ground zero at the time and escaped without damage except for a steel superstructure around it which was crumpled by the blast. Jumbo was used in later experiments which resulted in the ends being blown out. This piece of Jumbo is a souvenir of the worlds first nuclear explosion. Dr. Marvin Wilkening, an observer in 1945.
 
Location. 34° 3.417′ N, 106° 53.596′ W. Marker is in Socorro, New Mexico, in Socorro County. Marker is at the intersection of Plaza Street and Center Street, on the right when traveling east on Plaza Street. Click for map. On the south side of the Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Socorro NM 87801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Socorro (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Garcia Opera House (about 600 feet away); New Mexico Tech (approx. 0.9 miles
Jumbo Marker With Piece of Jumbo in Front. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, May 16, 2010
2. Jumbo Marker With Piece of Jumbo in Front.
away); For Southern Independence (approx. one mile away); New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Museum (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Socorro (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sabino y Lemitar (approx. 7.1 miles away); San Antonio (approx. 9.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Socorro.
 
Regarding Jumbo. A section of Jumbo containing a complete circumference is on display at the Trinity Site.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, World II
 
Rear View of the Jumbo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
3. Rear View of the Jumbo Marker
Rear View of the Jumbo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
4. Rear View of the Jumbo Marker
Close-up of Piece of Jumbo. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, May 16, 2010
5. Close-up of Piece of Jumbo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 669 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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