Munitions on the Prairie


| May 15, 2002 Issue


Munitions on the Prairie, Becky Bradway, DoubleTake
In the early '40s the federal government seized 19,000 acres of fertile land from the farmers of Illiopolis, Illinois, and turned it into a bomb manufacturing plant. Becky Bradway, writing in DoubleTake magazine, revisits the long-deserted Sangamon Ordnance and finds a seriously polluted river and a withered land that she describes as "property so lethal that the government banned its reclamation."
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