Comparison Report of Crystal Springs Townsite vs. Aurora Townsite Nevada Atomic Site

Reno, NV: Richard M. Black, c1962. Presumed First Edition, First printing of a limited number of copies. Comb binding. Unpaginated (32 pages, printed on single side of the sheet, plus covers). Rear cover creased. Maps. Fold-outs. Illustrated front cover. RARE surviving copy. This report is a comparison of merits of Crystal Springs town site and Aurora town site (located in Southern Nevada, adjoining the Nevada Atomic Test Site) to serve the people employed at Mercury Test Site and Test Site Area #3. The plan consists of construction of a lake, newly created community, encompassing complete services for residential and commercial, recreational, hospital, schools, electricity, water, gas, sewer systems to serve the needs of the people employed at Mercury Test Site and Test Site Area #3. The report concludes that "It is obvious that Crystal Springs Town Site, being approximately one-half the distance between Mercury and Test Site Area #3, will better serve the employees rather than the Aurora Town Site. Among the factors considered were location, water analysis, recreation, irrigation, Soil's report, time element, financing, and comparison of merits. Information in this document indicates it was prepared circa 1962. Crystal Springs is a ghost town in the Pahranagat Valley region of Lincoln County, Nevada in the United States. The ghost town is located at the junction of State Route 318 and State Route 375 (Extraterrestrial Highway), just northwest of U.S. Route 93. It is a popular destination for passersby who want to visit the towns of Hiko and Rachel. The namesake of the ghost town, the Crystal Springs, lies nearby; it is a large group of marshes and springs along the White River. Crystal Springs provides irrigation for multiple nearby ranches and farms, some of which lie over 5 miles away from the springs. The ghost town is marked as Nevada Historical Marker 205 (Crystal Springs). It is located not far from the Nevada Test Site. Aurora is a ghost town in Mineral County in the west central part of the US state of Nevada, approximately 22 miles southwest of the town of Hawthorne, three miles from the California border. The town was dominated by a harsh climate with violent and unpredictable weather, which made a permanent settlement increasingly difficult without outside support.
There were a few attempts to revive the city, but those were not successful with the last attempt ending in 1918.
Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Nevada Test Site, Atomic Test Site, Crystal Springs, Aurora, Town Site, Mercury Test Site, Test Site Area #3, Planned Community, City Planning, Urban Planning, Comparative Analysis

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