Atari and Alamogordo

In this 2014 photo, Zak Penn holds an old Atari game cartridge found in an Alamogordo landfill. Thousands of the games had been dumped there.

The history of the Alamogordo region of New Mexico includes everything from Native Americans to railroads, and from the atomic bomb to Atari games.

Saturday, June 1 on “The El Paso Radio History Show” with Jackson Polk and Melissa Sargent, we explore the ancient and more recent history of the area with Tom Herrell and Joe Lewandowski from the Tularosa Basin Museum of History. They know what happened when hundreds of Atari game cartridges that had been dumped in the local landfill were discovered.

The only live radio program about El Paso history airs from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday on News Radio 690 KTSM. For information, visit EPHistory.com.

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