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Uranium Fever

Exhibitions Uranium Fever

Uranium Mining, Culture, Health and the Environment in the Four Corners Region

Curated by Pete Soland, Ph.D.


The U.S. government published manuals to encourage and inform independent uranium prospectors during the post-WWII uranium boom. “Prospecting with a Counter” (Washington: U.S. Department of the Interior–Bureau of Mines, 1956): p. 43

Welcome to “Uranium Fever: Uranium Mining, Culture, Health, and the Environment in the Four Corners Region.” This digital museum exhibit showcases images and documents from Fort Lewis College’s Center for Southwest Studies’ collections on uranium mining and uranium mill tailings removal. During the post-World War II era, government officials and industry executives harkened to a mythologized version of the country’s frontier legacy to promote a uranium boom that fueled the Cold War arms race and nuclear energy development. The onset of “uranium fever” contributed to the Four Corner region’s unique cultural identity in a meaningful way, but it also left serious questions about the uranium mining industry’s long-term effects on health and the environment, especially in regards to Native people and their lands. This exhibit seeks to provoke discussion about these topics by exploring novel approaches to the history of mining in the region.

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