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February 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

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Postcards from the past: Richland baby boom, 1947


Nurse Betty Cory tends to babies at the Richland Hospital.

The headquarters of the Hanford atomic-energy project, operated for the U.S. Government by General Electric, won't hold its population at 15,000 for long. In the three year since atoms came to Richland, the city has had 1,081 births. In 1946, the rate was 34.6 births per 1,000 population, almost twice the national average. ~ The Seattle Times, March 5, 1947

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