Old farm warehouse may be saved as part of Hanford history

Historians say the warehouse represents all people who were evicted from their lands in 1943.

Associated Press

RICHLAND — One of Washington’s most endangered historic places is on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. That’s according to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

The long warehouse along the Columbia River was once owned by farmers Paul and Mary Bruggemann.

In 1943, the family was given 30 days to leave because the government needed their land for a secret World War II project.

Hanford made the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.

Historians say the warehouse represents all people who were evicted from their lands in 1943.

But little has been done to preserve the warehouse.

Historians say the building could be saved and serve as an entry point for visitors to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

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