The History of Nitro, by Bill Wintz, local historian Nitro was born a "Boom Town" during America’s mobilization for World War I. Its very name stands as a reminder of its sudden and explosive beginning. Shortly after the United States entered the war, it became apparent that America faced a critical shortage in gunpowder production. ... more ...
Explosive Plant C Photos - The government took over 900 photos as the plant was being built. They were all numbered, dated and titled. Here are 90+ of the photos, taken from April 1918 through March 1919. More will be added as they are found. Some are scans of the original photos and others are scans of copies. Therefore, the quality varies greatly.
Minter Homes - built modular homes in Huntington, WV and shipped by rail to Nitro to assemble
Milk Plant - Sweet milk of the very highest grade, made from unmelted butter and milk powders, was served daily in all the mess halls and delivered to all the Nitro bungalows. 50,000 pounds of fresh unmelted butter was required to start up the milk production. The total cost of the milk plant was approximately $100,000.
Precision Thermometer & Instrument - A 75 millimeter powder die isn't much larger than a man's thumb when assembled complete. There is nothing spectacular about it. It didn't run Into carload lots or millions of money, but they couldn't make powder without them. It was this instrument shop In Philadelphia that met the situation.
Standard Sanitary Manufacturing - sold the plumbing fixtures to the US Government - 2,500 water closet combinations consisting of porcelain bowl, wood tank and seat.
Graham, Anderson, Probst & White - the Designing Engineers of Explosives Plant C.