Arco, Idaho: Stop and see the first peaceful use of atomic power

Nils Ribi is a city councilman in Sun Valley, Idaho, who blogs (public officials who blog, really, is probably a good trend).

Ribi urges that if one should find one’s self driving the highways of Idaho, one might want to stop at the nuclear reactor where electricity was first generated — the first peaceful use of atomic power in the world.

If you are driving the highway between Arco and Idaho Falls, take the time to stop and visit the EBR-1 site that is open to the general public. In 1951 it became the first power plant to produce electricity using atomic energy. It has been nicely restored as a historical site and is well worth the stop, although it is not quite like looking into an operating reactor. The kids will enjoy it too.

His blog features photos of recent forest fires in the area, some of which are starkly beautiful.

Castle Rock fire, near Sun Valley, ID - photo by Nils RibiPhoto of helicopter fighting the Castle Rock Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, by Nils Ribi.

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