New Mexico

In May, 2019, I became interested in the Manhattan Project. I had purchased a Manhattan Project silver workers pin at a gem show in Asheville, NC and a dealer showed me a faceted stone made from the leaded glass that was used during the development of the first atomic bomb. I began researching the project and the bomb. That was when I discovered the trinitite.

I actually had a nice specimen of trinitite that I acquired from the Ken Kyte collection in 2000. I had not seen it in years and it took me a few days to locate the piece. I finally found it and spent a day or so studying it.

I bought the book, Trinitite, the Atomic Age Mineral by W.M. Kolb, and learned that there are a few collections that have been well documented.

I began hunting for sources to locate pieces from these collections. I was finally able to make contact with a woman in New Mexico who had inherited the Wallace T. Smith collection. Over the next few months, I made several purchases from her through the mail. In August, 2019, she suggested I come to New Mexico and obtain a quantity of the trinitite. It would be easier for me to go there and hand select the pieces I wanted and it would keep her from having to separate and wrap the specimens to ship.

At the end of August, I left North Carolina and headed west to New Mexico.

Mississippi River

Tornado weather in Oklahoma.

Tornado shelter and rest area in Texas.

Wind mills in Texas. Glad I got to see this landscape years ago before it was ruined.

My favorite part of the trip. Did you know 75 is the new 95!

18 hours later, finally there.

Heading into Albuquerque.