Dawson Forest, AKA Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory

I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist at heart, and I love stories about secret facilities and whatnot. Today I was reading the ajc.com and stumbled across an article that mentioned one, which lead me down this path of discovery. To be clear I don’t think there is really any conspiracy here, but it is interesting to know that a secret test facility is close.

This is the first thing I found that started this whole bit of research:

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/former-secret-test-site-616831.html?cxtype=rss_news

Dawson Forest is owned by City of Atlanta and is planned for a water reservoir or a 2nd airport:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawson_Forest

Which used to be the site of the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Nuclear_Aircraft_Laboratory

This is a link to the history of the testing facility:

http://www.pickensprogress.com/archive/insidedawsonforest.html

Another link to the history, summary basically:

http://northgeorgiamountainramblings.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/when-the-cold-war-came-to-dawsonville/

Youtube video about the facility

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn6N2iV2_os

Here are some flickr pictures about it (some very good ones):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertlz/sets/72157600036376038/detail/

Some more pics in this page:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread230310/pg8

Some dude’s blog post about it:

http://northgeorgiamountainfreak.blogspot.com/2008/05/north-georgias-area-51-in-dawsonville.html

Some more pictures and a map:

http://wiki.worldflicks.org/dawson_forest_-_a.k.a._georgias_area_51.html#coords=%2834.367419,-84.16832%29&z=13

AboveTopSecret.org link with a bunch of stuff:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread230310/pg15

Some videos from a guy who went there:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Ratz667#p/a

Facebook page about it:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawson-Forest-GNAL/154640534555862?v=app_4949752878

Geocache site with some pics:

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/gallery.aspx?guid=40ed95a9-8c89-44da-83d8-130820a25849

Link to a pdf about the radiation measurements:

http://www.gaepd.org/Files_PDF/gaenviron/radiation/radrpt2002_dfw.pdf

Affect on pine beetles:

http://links.jstor.org/pss/2473643

Time Magazine article on the pines:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,895712,00.html

Pictures (old ones)

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread230310/pg12

More pictures from satellite:

http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/abandoned-government-lab/view/?service=1

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2 Responses to “Dawson Forest, AKA Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory”

  1. khump5 Says:

    In the early 70’s I visited the site not knowing what it was while riding motorcycle. It was blocked with a chain which was down so I rode in. I must have missed the no trespassing signs! First was a large tin building on the rightlike a hanger, with what I thought at the time was a very large parking lot. Tools were still lying around. A hammer wrench ect. Off to one side of the ‘parking lot’ was a at least 2 or 3 story yellow building with very thick walls. The building looked as it had been shelled. All of this was on the top of the hill.
    On down the road I came to an area that looked to have lookout towers, it was starting to freak me out a mite, by this time I knew I probably wasn’t to be there. A little on down the road was an opening large enough to drive a truck in going under ground. On signs anywhere. I shined my headlight in and could see the entrance went down hill and was flooded. I later learned this was the reactor site and water from the Etowah River was used for cooling.
    there were also tunnels large enough to drive a small car through running underground from the top of the hill to the reactor site. Today little can be seen, but I still can find the reactor site and I doubt if the yellow building was destroyed.

  2. Tim Ventura – Medium Says:

    Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by accident (stumbleupon). I have saved as a favorite for later!

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