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Hawthorne Army Depot History Dates Back 80+ Years

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The Hawthorne Army Depot is used for military training in wartime and times of peace, but it also serves another, very important function: weapons storage.

The Army Depot is located in the central part of Nevada, just southeast of Walker Lake in Hawthorne. The location gives the depot a lot of space for storage, which is one of its main functions.

The depot boasts 7 million square feet of storage, thousands of bunkers that stretch on for miles into the Nevada desert. The space is primarily used as an archive site for storing ammunition and explosives that are being disposed of, either taken apart or detonated.

It was built in 1930 for the Navy and the Army took it over in 1977.

When the country entered World War II, the depot became the staging area for a wide range of weapons and explosives. It has served similar functions in every war and conflict that the US has been involved in since then.

The Hawthorne Depot was constructed to replace a facility in Lake Denmark, New Jersey, that suffered a major explosion in 1926. That accident destroyed the whole facility, so the Hawthorne Depot was commissioned as a presumably safer alternative.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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