Beginning in 1951, the era of nuclear weapons testing was a time of tremendous change at both national and local levels. In the name of national security, a variety of nuclear weapons were tested in a remote area of the Nevada desert known as the Nevada Test Site. Fallout and radiation from these tests have affected communities across the nation, in many cases resulting in the loss of property, health, and life.
The Downwinders of Utah Archive presents an in-depth study of the nuclear detonations, radioactive fallout and events, which have resulted in devastating effects for Utah's "Downwinder" population. Through the presentation of an interactive timeline, detailed information on each atmospheric nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site found to produce off-site radioactivity are presented as well as fallout statistics for all Utah counties presented through cartographic maps, animated reconstruction models, interactive motion charts and a variety of graphics related to testing methods, cloud heights and dispersal patterns. The archive also presents historic photographs and videos of nuclear detonations tests, archived newspaper articles and documents depicting impacts and government deception imparted to residents as well as oral history interviews with Utah Downwinders.