A revamped website on the history of the Portsmouth Site updates the story of the historic plant’s impact through the years.
A revamped website on the history of the Portsmouth Site updates the story of the historic plant’s impact through the years.

PIKE COUNTY, OhioEM recently launched a remodeled version of its popular virtual museum website covering the history of the Portsmouth Site.

“The updated website is an incredible, interactive timeline of the Portsmouth Site,” said Jeff Bettinger, EM site lead for the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office. “Not only can you learn more about the work over the years, but you see how the Department of Energy’s decision to build in southern Ohio impacted the growth of the region from population, to housing, to operations, to current day. It is an amazing story filled with neighbors, friends, and even family from across the generations. The story continues to grow and so does this website as we move forward.”

The website was first launched in 2012 and has attracted more than 46,000 visitors from 134 countries around the world. The site currently has information, pictures, and videos from 22 different buildings, including some that have already been demolished as part of ongoing decontamination and decommissioning.

Other features include a virtual tour, oral histories from retirees and community members, photos dating back to plant construction, old films and local TV news coverage, and even an employee newsletter archive dating back to the early 1950s. The newly enhanced virtual museum is also now viewable on all mobile devices.