The world’s first peacetime use of nuclear power occurred when the U.S. Government switched on Experimental Breeder Reactor #1 near Arco, Idaho, on December 20, 1951. It was only temporary, but it paved the way for commercial use of nuclear power. Today, the facility can be explored through a free, self-guided tour which includes a limbo bar, a rail slide, and all the usual stuff you’d find at a nuclear plant.
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Along the hills of the world’s first city powered by atomic energy, you’ll find a peculiar set of numbers disorderly painted across the face of its most prominent hill. A tradition dating back to nearly a century, it all began when the 1920 senior class of Butte County High School decided to leave its mark. Each graduating class thereafter followed suit.