16″ Artillery Shell

I found this 16″ artillery shell in the Idaho desert in 1993. This is a scanned slide from when I was doing my thesis research at the Idaho National Laboratory about 60 miles east of Idaho Falls Idaho. More on my thesis in a future post. During World War II there was a factory in Pocatello Idaho where they cast and made large 16″ Naval guns for Battleships. They would mount the guns on rail cars and send them out in the desert to test fire them. These rounds use to be scattered all over the desert at the Idaho National Laboratory. Those of us doing field research would have to go through an orientation class about the hazards that may be found out there.  We had instructions on how to report findings like this so they could be removed and the soils mitigated. That is a yard stick (36″ long) for scale.