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1955. Yucca Flat
  • House (Bret Morgan)

This two-story house is one of two left from the so-called Apple II test of the effects of nuclear blasts on civilian targets, including a complex of buildings, cars, communications equipment, and food supplies. The wood-frame house has a side-facing gable roof with clapboard siding over diagonal sheathing. The interior has plywood walls and wood floors. A brick chimney stands at one end. The 29-kiloton Apple II test occurred on 5 May 1955; the house stood within 8,000 feet of ground zero. Although the building appears to be in relatively good condition, damage from the blast is clearly visible. The windows were blown out and the upper portion of the brick chimney has shifted slightly. A metal bracket now holds the chimney in place. Nearby is another house built for Apple II, identical in form except for its brick veneer.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


What's Nearby


Julie Nicoletta, "House", [North Las Vegas, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 243-244.

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