Red Gate Woods
Red Gate Woods is part of a forest preserve within the Palos Division of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois. Located within the preserve is the original site of Argonne National Laboratory and the Site A/Plot M Disposal Site, which contains the buried remains of Chicago Pile-1, the world's first nuclear reactor. After the initial tests, the reactor at Stagg Field at the University of Chicago was removed and reassembled at the Manhattan Project site in Red Gate Woods. Local residents reported encountering US Army MPs guarding the area during World War II but no one was aware of the true nature of the activities until long after the war. After further experiments and the shutdown of Pile 1, a huge hole was dug and the 2-story high reactor was pushed into it and buried. Other reactors were also built at the site and nuclear waste was buried there. The site is monitored by the United States Department of Energy and is open to the public.
There is signage in the parking lot showing Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi at the Red Gate Woods site during the Manhattan Project. Concrete markers designate historic sites and the foundations of Manhattan Project labs still exist.
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Red Gate Woods Map
- Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Palos & Sag Valley Division Maps
- Office of Legacy Management's Site A/Plot M Website
- Red Gate Woods 2006 (Pictures)
- Interactive Panoramic Image 2010 (Pictures)