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109 East Palace

Address: Santa Fe, NM (Downtown)
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Ranked #35 of 93 Attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: This street in Santa Fe was the secret business location of the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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620 reviews 620 reviews
305 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

If I didn't see it listed on TripAdvisor, I wouldn't have even looked. Located at the rear of an outdoor retail area off the plaza.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you've read the book by the same name you've got to see the address. The book is great and details the history of the personalities of the "fathers of the bomb" especially J Robert Oppenheimer by the woman who knew them all.

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Texarkana, Texas, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We were on a walking tour and our guide stop by this location and showed us the bronze plaque on the back wall of an adobe building... and told a bit of the story. I never knew and was now hooked on wanting to know more. I will buy the book!

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Boulder, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

My grandfather worked on the Manhatten Project and afterward lived at 109-1/2 East Palace. While I was taking photos of 109-1/2 in the back alley, the folks who lease 107 pulled up to open their store. Apparently, in the late 60's the post office changed the numbering system and 107 is the actual place where the original office is.The plaque... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This was such an little know piece of history. It sent shivers up my spine to realize how this portal changed the world forever. May this plaque always stay there to remind us. Hard to find without asking directions but worth the hunt

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I spoke with Susan a storeowner who has been there for over 30 years and she showed me where the sign was. Susan actually met the famous Dorothy Mckgibbin in `1961. Dorothy's office is now in back and being used by a book store owner. Gave me the chills.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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122 reviews 122 reviews
41 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The Manhattan Project and it's secret portal is hidden behind Southwest wares on Palace St., with most people simply walking by, or even browsing the colorful kitsch without any awareness of the profound historical event that took place on that patch of ground. Today what you see on the surface is an alleyway filled with Southwestern kitsch right next to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

While walking around Santa Fe, I found 109 Palace Street. But--the door said closed for business. I was bummed but thinking at least I found the address. Went right next to the closed location to The Rainbow Man, an open alley way of mexican ceramics, folk art, pottery, blankets, photography, along with paintings. I found a mexican ceramic pumpkin I... More

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San Diego, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
50 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Remember Los Alomos, this is where anyone comiong to the manhattan project had to check in before going to Los Alomos. There is a lot of history that started here. You should follow up at the New Mexico History museum downstairs to see more about the project then visit the Los Alomos museum

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los alamos
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

The incomparable, dynamic intelligence that passed through these doors on the way to create and build the Atomic Bomb in Los Alamos. They changed the world; remarkable people. Read the book of the same name too. It's an eye opener.

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