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Savannah River Site

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Transcript of Savannah River Site

The Savannah River Site ca. 1919 Dunbarton ca. 1932 Home of W.H. Dicks As of May 20, 1940 (census data):
William Horace Dicks lived in this house with his wife-Rosalie, son-W.H. Jr., and mother-in-law-Lula Rogers Ben Anderson's Store and Post Office Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library, USC- Columbia Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library, USC- Columbia Origins of the Savannah River Site Photo of the Savannah River Site taken from the International Space Station Aftermath 6000 citizens were relocated from the land the federal government purchased under eminent domain for the Savannah River Site Homes were either demolished or moved. The homes pictured here were moved to various locations in Barnwell County For more information, consult:
"Savannah River Site at Fifty", Mary Beth Reed, et al. The Savannah River Site continues to operate. Currently, the area is undergoing nuclear waste clean up procedures. View developments at the Savannah River Site at:
http://www.srs.gov/general/srs-home.html With the end of the Cold War, weapons grade plutonium and uranium are no longer being produced at the plant. A facility is in the process of being built that will convert the stores of uranium and plutonium to fuel grade products that will power energy facilities Sources The town of Dunbarton was to be evacuated by April 1, 1952 Louise Cassels wrote a memoir of her and her families' move from Ellenton, another former town of the SRS entitled:
"Unexpected Exodus: How the Cold War Displaced One Southern Town" Former Residents of Dunbarton have established a website with resident information at: http://www.bcvm.org/Dunbarton/ November, 1950, the United States government announced it was building a nuclear facility on the Savannah River in South Carolina. The plant was to be located across Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell counties. Counties all populated by small farms and towns W.H. Dicks had completed 4 years of college, his wife her Junior year of high school, and their son was in the 4th grade. Lula had completed 6 years of schooling He worked an average of 75 hours a week according to census records, while his wife and mother-in-law stayed at home. He owned this home and worked as a mechanic.
The unpublished Sanborn map shows a garage two houses to the east of the Dicks' residence, it is possible that this is the garage W.H. Dicks was employed at Data as of May 20, 1940 Census:
Ben Anderson owned this store and post office located in Dunbarton Mr. Anderson lived in a house (not pictured) with his wife, Maggie and sister, Belle This was the only post office in Dunbarton. Savannah River Site at 50 has it listed as the popular place where people met, gathered and exchanged information on a daily basis
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