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Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center

7295 Highway 94 South, Saint Charles, MO 63304
(636) 300–2600
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Kansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Weldon Spring has an interesting history. It was once the world's largest explosives manufacturing factory. By the time World War II ended, the factory had produced more than 700 million pounds of TNT. About a decade later, Weldon Spring became the site of a uranium ore processing plant--making yellow cake uranium. Almost a decade after that, the government made plans... More

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The history of the site: 20,000 people displaced in order to make room for TNT and then Uranium production site in support of WWII. Eventually the whole place was vacated and EPA had to step in. This site, in my opinion, does an very good job of capturing the whole story - from start to finish.

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London
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25 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We drove past this place many times on our way to wineries along the Missouri River. It’s in a state park, attractive countryside with bike and hiking trails, lake and ponds, grasslands and woods. We thought we should take time to see what the area offered and stop at the Interpretive Centre and find out about the spring. On one... More

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St Charles, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place has a wonderful interpretive center. It explains all about how the area was contaminated when uranium was processed here and then was cleaned up. The kids also learn about geology and soil! My kids even thought it was cool!

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Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

It is most interesting to visit the interpretative center and then climb the "mountainous" containment pile. View from up there is excellent.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The site is open during daylight hours but the interpretive center has specific hours. I highly recommend going when the center is open as it is very well done. It included the history of the site from the founding of the communities to the present. In addition to the toxic waste storage facility, there are several hiking trails in the... More

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New York
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

Very friendly folks in the visitor center, very informative exhibits. Brief film gave a great history. You can walk to the top of the mound and see for miles.... Hard to believe there is so much former toxic waste under your feet...

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St. Charles, MO
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

To be so close to safely sequestered toxic waste is a unique experience. A great interpretive center and a nice hike to the top of the stone mound. Bring sun screen.

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Arlington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Leave it to the Department of Energy to make a tourist site of a toxic dump. It started life (or death) as a munitions plant during World War II. The Atomic Energy Commission -- one of the forerunners of the Department of Energy -- took it over in the mid-1950s to process uranium, adding radioactivity to the toxic sludge. Then... More

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