Nov 19, 2012

Retro: The Day the Atomic Bomb Fell In Our County

I have heard about this my entire life but never really looked into it. Everyone around will tell you about the day the Atomic Bomb fell in the Mars Bluff Area in our county.  People have told of the huge hole that it left on that property. All I know is that we are blessed that nothing more happened on that day March 11, 1958.  I would have been 4 years old at the time.

We have a wonderful museum in Florence and are getting a new building in a new location soon. If you are in our area please be sure to visit
Photo above credit goes to the museum

Recently the Mars Bluff Atomic Bomb Incident was the focus of a small segment for the Travel Channel television show, Mysteries at the Museum. The segment tells the story of how an atomic bomb was accidentally dropped on Florence county during the late 1950′s.

Click the link for the Historic News Footage of this Event.

Be sure to watch Video The Travel Channel A Nuclear Nightmare

A Bomb Dropped

All About Florence, S. C.
The Atomic Bomb, Mars Bluff

Mars Bluff--The only place in the USA bombed with a Nuclear Weapon!

 The Historic Marker
more information: HERE


This aerial photograph by Tom Kirkland taken the day after the bomb dropped showed the damage to the Gregg home. I know Tom Kirkland, great photographer.  He took the pictures at Chuck and my wedding 1972  

Well that is our Retro Post and trip down memory lane.  I hope you found it interesting and entertaining. 



  1. My gosh- I NEVER knew anything about that Dolly. That is amazing! I am going to read more about it. xo Diana

  2. Wow!! I have never heard this story before, will read more about it! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. It is probably amazing the things that we don't know that have happened in different areas of our country. I thought this would be interesting to know if you didn't already. Thanks for the comments!