Once upon a time, Las Vegas wasn't merely a place you could go to enjoy a few games of chance in a glamorous setting. It was also a place where, quite frequently, you could enjoy the view of a distant mushroom cloud.
The Nevada Test Site (now the Nevada National Security Site), was a mere 65 miles northwest of Vegas, giving the city a clear view of the mushroom clouds spilling up from the atomic bomb tests. A few months ago, we gave you a look at the boozy cocktail parties that sprang up around the testing schedule (complete with a signature Atomic Cocktail). These photos give you an idea of what those partygoers saw, without the double vision.