Yellowcake towns: Uranium mining communities in the American West

Michael Amundson

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"[Yellowcake Towns] provides us with not only an in-depth picture of the fluctuations of the demands for uranium over the previous half century but also a personal look at the health and economic implications on people and communities who supported such ventures at the behest of the government." -Utah Historical Quarterly. "A fascinating story, well researched and written." -Moab Times Independent Michael Amundson presents a detailed analysis of the four mining communities at the hub of the twentieth-century uranium booms: Moab, Utah; Grants, New Mexico; Uravan, Colorado; and Jeffrey City, Wyoming. He follows the ups and downs of these "Yellowcake Towns" from uranium's origins as the crucial element in atomic bombs and the 1950s boom to its use in nuclear power plants, the Three Mile Island accident, and the 1980s bust. Yellowcake Towns provides a look at the supply side of the Atomic Age and serves as an important contribution to the growing bibliography of atomic history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado
Number of pages204
ISBN (Print)9780870817656
StatePublished - 2004

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  • General Arts and Humanities


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