Richland, Washington State
Richland is located in the south eastern portion of Washington State. It is about 225 miles from Seattle, 200 Miles from Portland, Oregon, and 140 miles from Spokane, Washingtron. The eastern side of Washington State is arid, unlike the evergreen rainy western side. The Columbia river passes through Richland.
Founded in the early 1900s and incorporated on April 28, 1910, Richland was a sleepy little farm town until the US Army decided to turn it into a bedroom community for the workers on its Manhattan Project at the nearby Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The population sprang from 300 to 25,000 almost overnight in July and August of 1943. (Richland contains many reminders of its past; the high school's sports teams are called the Bombers - complete with an atomic cloud -- previously a B-17 logo -- a number of the streets are named after generals in the US Army and after various nuclear particles, e.g., Proton St., and a local museum features exhibits of nuclear technology.) After the end of World War II Richland continued to be a center of production and research into nuclear energy. Washington State University Tri-Cities was founded there in 1989. The United States Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (over 3000 scientists and engineers) is located in Richland.