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Wyoming State Museum
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2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, Wy 82002
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Civil Defense Radiation Detector State Museum Object of the Month

Posted: Monday, November 06, 2017
Contact: Nathan Doerr

The November Object of the Month at the Wyoming State Museum is a civil defense radiation detector system that was donated by a traveling Emergency Management agent.

The system consists of four major components: the detector unit, the meter unit, the simulator unit, and a tape recorder. It was designed to be used in a low flying aircraft, with the detector unit secured to the floor, as close to the outside skin of the plane as possible in order to detect radiation in the atmosphere.

The detector is one of 3,000 civil defense items that was used across our state.

During the Cold War, Cheyenne, home of F. E. Warren Air Force Base and the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile squadron in the country, was considered an at-risk location for an attack. The state’s vast open spaces were also considered a prime location for evacuees, if a nuclear attack did occur. These factors made aerial monitoring systems vital to the safety of the state.

The Wyoming State Museum is located at 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Nathan Doerr at 777-7021.

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