American military leaders decided they needed to build a place to create a nuclear weapon. They searched for a location 200 miles from any coastline or international border. The site had to be sparsely populated because there might be horrendous damage. They settled on a secluded school for boys in the deserts of Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Sonneborn 17)
There were over thirty sites and almost everyone had its own job that worked toward creating the atomic bomb: laboratories, manufacturing plants, test sites, theory and formula sites. Each site worked toward a common goal, which was to create a nuclear weapon (Gonzales 43).
The plutonium factory, site W, would be built on the Colombia River near Hanford, Washington. This was another sparsely populated area of the United States, and the government soon informed the few families who lived nearby that they had to leave their homes.