New Mexico Role in Cold War (1945-1989)

The following are source documents which cover the New Mexico Role in Cold War (1945-89). They are intended to be used for teaching New Mexico history.

German Scientists Move to New Mexico

  • American V-2 Rocket Facilities
    Primary Document - Library of Congress
    The Historic American Engineering Record complied pictures and drawings of the American V-2 Rocket Facilities at White Sands, NM. These were done after 1968. The development of the large liquid fueled rocket, which has profoundly affected events in
  • Commemorative Plaque at V2 Gantry Base
    Photograph - Library of Congress
    The development of the large liquid fueled rocket, which has profoundly affected events in the twentieth century, was initiated by the Germans in the 1930s and, after World War II, continued by the United States at White Sands Proving Ground (now
  • Gantry Crane view from Blast Pit
    Photograph - Historic American Engineering Record Collection, Library of Congress
    This photo shows the Gantry Crane where the rocket would be launched and the blast pit. In all, 67 V-2 rockets were assembled and tested at White Sands between 1946 and 1952, providing the U.S. invaluable experience in the assembly, pre-flight

Sandia National Laboratories

  • Sandia Base is Now Producing Atomic Weapons
    Newspaper Article - Las Cruces Sun News
    This document describes the details leading to the establishment of what later became Sandia National Laboratories. It explains the separation from Los Alamos and the role of the Atomic Energy

Home Bomb Shelters

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