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Ludlow in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Project Carryall

 
 
Project Carryall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 14, 2010
1. Project Carryall Marker
Inscription.
...and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Micah 4:3

With the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War, America embarked on an ambitious program to ensure the nation's preeminence in the nuclear arms race. To this end Edward Teller and the Atomic Energy Commission detonated hundreds of nuclear devices underwater, underground, and in the atmosphere. Weapons development remained paramount, but the AEC also held a mandate to develop peaceful uses for atomic power. In 1957 California's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory launched an experimental program called Operation Plowshare to use nuclear energy for such applications as power plants, medicine, mining, the extraction of oil and natural gas, and for the excavation of canals, harbors and roadways. Under Plowshare, a 1963 feasibility study was conducted for Project Carryall, a plan to realign the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and provide a route for Interstate 40. 23 nuclear explosions totaling 1.8 Megatons were to be used to excavate 1 2-mile cut up to 350 feet deep through the Bristol Mountains east of Ludlow and remove 60 million cubic yards of rock. Despite many assurances of safety from the AEC, obvious environmental
Project Carryall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 14, 2010
2. Project Carryall Marker
and health concerns over this and other Plowshare projects caused several postponements, and in 1968 the project was dropped completely. 28 nuclear tests were conducted under operation Plowshare before its termination in 1975.
 
Erected 2010 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and the Knoll Family. (Marker Number 139.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 43.419′ N, 116° 9.804′ W. Marker is in Ludlow, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of National Trails Highway and Crucero Road, on the right when traveling east on National Trails Highway. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Ludlow Coffee Shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68315 National Trails Highway, Ludlow CA 92338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops (here, next to this marker).
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, Cold
 
Project Carryall - Blasting the Bristols image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 2, 2010
3. Project Carryall - Blasting the Bristols
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,374 times since then and 200 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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