The Williamsburg Journal-Tribune Dec. 13, 1945

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The Williamsburg Journal-Tribune  Dec. 13, 1945 - carried pillow of the a in at to A SIDELIGHT ON...
carried pillow of the a in at to A SIDELIGHT ON THE rjIHE tick' of the telegraph key in J. The Milwaukee Road station at Hanford, Washington, broke the between-trains quiet of a February day in 1943. Over the wire came * message that caused the agent on this peaceful branch line to doubt his ears. And little wonder! For the government was asking that the »U hundred families of the Hanford and White Bluffs communities be moved up the tracks— lock, stock and barrel. Now, at last, the story may He told. The flash to Hanford was only we beginning. Government removal orders finally resulted in the abandonment of 600 iquare miles of land in the Priest Rapids and Richlandl wees of the Columbia River VaSey. More than 1,800 families, with their £ oods and chattels, were re-located yTfaeMawaukwI ai, cultural Development Department wd filter agencies. *"•*«*"»* THE A home town So the way was cleared for what WM orginalry called the "Hanford Project." The vast extent of this project may be gauged through the fact that between April 1,1943, and July 31,1945, The Milwaukee Road delivered 41,633 carloads of freight ... equal to • freight train 350 mile* long... at re-located Hanford. Most of the scientific equipment and industrial material was hauled w , e «jw«rd over the electrified route of The Milwaukee Road, through the ranges of the Rockies, and then Into the Saddle Mountains that flank n SfS'* on fa aw*- From Beverly, Washington} on the main une, a steady stream of oddly (Msprtr ed freight moved twenty.one miles down the branch to Hanford, where it was delivered to • short-line rail- wad operated by the. government in the restricted area. Few indeed, other thm Tbe Milwaukee Road wen who operated the heavy freight trains, had any knowl- edge of the magnitude of the development that was under way. J« production of a new weapon, U» impact of which would smash all existing concepts of war and peace, was a well guarded secret. Only America's railroads had d» capacity and flexibility which en •bled the government, science ana industry to msrahall the neuwi resources anywhere, m any qu tity, for any undertaking, no matt" how gigantic. Moving 3C material for a weapon to end ell weapons,.. moving.» inch guns from coast to coast « remarkable speeds...h«uun«^ men's Christmas packagw » oceanic ports are «H»K"1,, wide variety of jobs wJ railroads are capable o ROA1> iiayi,,! ««*« and KW*J in y«tr community

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  1. Williamsburg Journal Tribune,
  2. 13 Dec 1945, Thu,
  3. Page 8

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