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Nevada Test Site

The Nevada Test Site is a United States Department of Energy reservation located about 65 miles northwest of the City of Las Vegas. Formerly known as the Nevada Proving Ground the site, established on January 11, 1951 for the testing of nuclear weapons, is composed of approximately 1,350 square miles of desert and mountainous terrain. Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flats on January 27, 1951.

On July 17, 1962 the "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I became the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site.

Site is home to Area 51 and the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility.

See also: Atomic Energy Commission, Frenchman Flat, Big Explosives Experimental Facility, U1a Experimental Facility