Now, to answer the first question posed in my previous post. There is no A. A is not the correct answer. There was supposed to be an A Reactor, but for whatever reason, it was never built. The A Reactor area became a buffer zone between the outside world and Reactor B. So we have no A, but there were a total of eight reactors built. There were B, C, D and F. Then there was N (for New) Reactor and H,K, and E. I don’t know why the brilliant minds that created controlled nuclear fission couldn’t get the alphabet straight, but in any case, all the reactors have been razed except for B Reactor, considered the jewel in the crown of the Manhattan Project when it was designated a National Historical Landmark.
(3) Fermi himself placed the first piece of uranium into Reactor B. He has an office there, and you can look directly into it. It’s not that impressive as offices go, but if you are a geek, you will empathize with how exciting this was.
(3) Fermi’s office opens onto the reactor’s control room. Nothing was automated; the wall banks of displays (not seen here) were read by one man and written down by another. You can sit in the chair at the center of the controls. It’s silly but fun.
Seriously, the tour is GREAT! Also, unlike the full site tour, you can actually get on this tour. The docents are charming, the Hanford Reach (that area of the site) is gorgeous, and you’ll walk right into a nuclear reactor. If you ever find yourself in the tri-cities area, do it!