Saturday, June 02, 2007
'Bathtub Row' an Official Los Alamos Street Name
LOS ALAMOS Residents of 20th Street in Los Alamos always have referred to the street as Bathtub Row. So they figured, why not make it official?
The residents petitioned to have the street name changed to Bathtub Row, and the City Council agreed at its May 22 meeting.
Street signs for Bathtub Row were hung Thursday in acknowledgment of the historically used name of the street.
The street got its informal name during the Manhattan Project, the World War II program to develop an atomic bomb that also gave birth to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Back then, all but the top scientists and officials lived in hastily constructed and Spartan wartime housing. The older Ranch School houses were the only ones with tubs instead of showers.
After World War II ended, a town planner named all of the streets in town, and Bathtub Row became 20th Street, although very few people ever called it by its official designation.
Among the reasons cited in the residents' petition were the appropriateness of the Bathtub Row name for a street that traverses the Historic District, its wide acceptance and its power to commemorate an important part of history, said Larry Campbell, vice president of the Los Alamos Historical Society.
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