I was in Nevada, driving south on I-95, probably about an hour north of Las Vegas, when I passed one of those big Nevada State Historic Signs. I caught the words “test site” as I was speeding by and when I realized what it was referring to, I headed back to get a closer look.
The “town” of Mercury can be seen off in the distance, it was built to house Test Site workers and is off limits to everyone else, so don’t even think about trying to get there. And way out past the outpost are 1,350 square miles of wilderness, the site of our first nuclear tests, as well as the infamous “Area 51.”
The turnout is as close to the test site area as the public can get, so pull off and take a picture. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that while you’re there reading the sign, someone is watching you on surveillance equipment. Smile at the camera!