Utah

A munitions, propulsion, composites, and explosives development and manufacturing complex located on a hill surrounded by the suburbs of southwest Salt Lake City. Alliant Tech Systems, based in Minnesota, acquired the large and diversified facility, which...

This volatile chemical production complex was built in a remote valley near Cedar City in 1989, following a devastating explosion of the company's plant in Henderson, Nevada in 1988. It is owned by American Pacific Corporation (Ampac), a company based in Las...

Antelope Island is the largest of the 17 islands (the number can vary, depending on the level of the lake at the time of counting), in the Great Salt Lake, and has been artificially connected to the mainland since 1952, when a causeway was built off the...

This isolated incinerator, visible from the rest area on the eastbound side of the Interstate, burns around 50,000 tons of solvents, paints, old chemicals, contaminated soils, and PCBs every year, which come by truck and rail to the facility from all over the...

This active mine is the second biggest open pit copper mine in the world, slightly smaller than the Chuquicamata pit in Chile. Digging started in 1904, and the hole is now half a mile deep and more than two miles wide. It is expected to be enlarged until the...

The beach at Black Rock, on the southern end of the Great Salt Lake, was a popular spot from as early as the 1850s. Over the years, numerous resorts were built along this stretch of coast, from Lake Point to Saltair. Fluctuating lake levels, fires, bad odors...

A natural, spring-fed lake, a few hundred feet across. The water stays at a comfortable 75 degrees year round. Scuba divers come from as far away as Ogden to do their “open water” check-out dives here. The pool is 60 feet deep in places, and there are...

Numerous land speed records have been achieved at Bonneville, on the vast and flat natural pavement of salt: the 300, 400, 500, and 600 mile per hour land speed barrier were all broken here over the years. The Blue Flame, a rocket-powered four-wheeled vehicle...

Several natural spring-fed pools have been altered to better accommodate scuba divers at this unusual commercial establishment in the desert. Some of the pools have been stocked with tropical fish, and the main pool is covered with a canopy and an enclosed...

This large industrial plant in the remote Sevier Desert of western Utah is one of the only sources of concentrated beryllium in the world. The plant is a mill and finishing facility for beryllium, a high-strength, lightweight metal used in military, aerospace...

A $125 million hazardous waste incinerator built by USPCI, a division of Union Pacific railroad, in 1995, and one of the largest in the USA. It was closed and sold and partially disassembled around 2003. Designed to burn up to 130,000 tons of toxic chemical...

This network of mounds, 80 miles west of Salt Lake City, is one of the major locations for the disposal of radioactively contaminated structures, equipment, and debris from across the United States. It was originally established as a repository for buildings...

In 1954, a dust-filled movie called "The Conqueror", starring John Wayne as Genghis Kahn, was shot in this valley, on ground that had been recently subjected to fallout from a series of nuclear tests at the nearby Nevada Test Site (especially dirty at this time...

This new disposal cell, on the north side of Interstate 70 in eastern Utah, is for uranium mill tailings and debris from a mill site in Moab, Utah, 30 miles south. Contaminated material started arriving in 2009 on a specially constructed railway, at the rate...

The entire town of Delle is for sale: cafe, gas station, motel, garage, junk yard, RV park, landing strip and 630 acres of land. Asking price is around one million dollars. It is the only services on the Interstate between Tooele and Wendover, nearly 100...

The ill-fated Donner-Reed party of immigrants passed through the Grantsville area in 1846. They abandoned many of their possessions as they struggled to cross the nearby salt flats, and some of these objects are displayed in this museum. A month behind...

The nation's primary chemical and biological weapons testing and training site, Dugway Proving Ground is a unique defense site that combines the microscopic world of its chemical and biological laboratories with large-scale testing and training. The land...

An abandoned military launch site, consisting of a weathered bunker and a launch pad. Located in Utah's West Desert, adjacent to the unrelated Grassy Mountain Hazardous Waste dump. The site of the first successful test of the supersonic Ground to Air Pilotless...

The point at which the eastbound and westbound tracks for the first transcontinental railroad met. A visitors center has been built here by the National Park Service, at this remote site, at the northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake. Initially, the Union...

This 640 acre site for hazardous and toxic materials opened in 1982 and employs about 100 people. Laidlaw operated this facility until recently, and it served as a dump site for the toxic ash from Laidlaw's incinerator, 15 miles away at Clive. One of three...

One of the largest salt works on the Great Salt Lake with two major evaporation pond areas: 19,000 acres at Little Mountain, where this plant is located, and a 17,000 acre field of ponds 21 miles across the lake, near Lakeside. The brine from the Lakeside...

The West Desert Pumping Station is a series of three pumps designed to reduce the water level of the Great Salt Lake, the level of which had been rising steadily through the 1980s, threatening the shoreline industries, Salt Lake City International Airport,...

A disposal mound for radioactive tailings, located at the site of a former uranium mill. The mill was operated by Union Carbide from 1957 to 1961. The mill site was bought by the State of Utah in 1988, and the buildings remain, gutted and abandoned. The DOE...

At the north end of Hill Air Force Base is the Hill Aerospace Museum, open to the public. Inside and outside are numerous aircraft, including an SR-71.

The nation's primary maintenance and logistics center for ICBMs such as the Minuteman and Peacekeeper missiles, as well as other aircraft and munitions. The facility also specializes in landing gear repairs, and photographic and reconnaissance equipment...

A 14-room house carved from a sandstone monolith by Albert Christensen, who spent 12 years on the project, and his wife Gladys, who continued the work for another eight years after he died in 1957. The cavity is 5,000 square feet of fully furnished, manmade cave...

Hurricane Mesa Test Track is a research and development, test and evaluation (R&D,T&E) facility, located at a dramatic and remote site, atop a mesa in southern Utah. The primary feature of the installation is a 12,000 foot-long test track, the only...

The Intermountain Generating Station is the central component of Intermountain Power Project, a $5.5 billion project to supply electricity to Southern California and other markets. The plant was built in this remote part of west-central Utah, in the Sevier...

Intrepid Potash LLC is an extractive industry working on the flats east of Wendover, in an area once known as the Salduro Salt Marsh, which has been surface mined, using solar evaporation, for potash since World War I. Intrepid’s operation, purchased from...

Now just a ranch along a remote highway, Iosepa was a community of over 200 Polynesians, who settled in this desert valley in 1889, to be closer to the center of the Mormon church. A few years later, leprosy broke out in the community, leading to the...