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Hanford Nuclear Reservation

1x01 TheMachine

NameHanford Nuclear Reservation

Seen inGod Mode

ConnectionThe Machine

PurposeStorage Facility

LocationWashington State, U.S.

Images (11)

Where we're putting it, no one's going to go looking.

— Alicia Corwin


The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, or Hanford Site, is a nuclear power facility in Washington State. It housed the Machine between 2009 and 2013. [1]


The construction of a facility to house the Machine was financed by the ISA. Its budget stretched back to 2008 and large amounts of it were coded to a project coded as "Research". (“Relevance”)


After Nathan Ingram provided the specifications for a facility to house the Machine's servers, Lawrence Szilard, Daniel Aquino, and one other man were contracted to build such a facility. The facility had to be hidden in plain sight and have power for 50,000 people, so they chose a nuclear reprocessing facility in Hanford, Washington. The army corps of engineers were hired as work force. The Machine arrived on a train from Des Moines, Iowa, disguised as radioactive material to evade scrutiny. (“No Good Deed”) (“God Mode”)

The Machine was stored in one huge vault inside the facility and watched by a caretaker. After the Machine moved itself, only a table for the caretaker and some leftover wires remained.

Other possible locations

At some point, Ingram attempted to locate the Machine and drew up a map with possible locations:

Reese and Shaw later find the map in a safe inside the library. (“God Mode”)


Associated Persons


  • A facility which houses the Machine was first seen at the end of “Pilot”. The room's floor had white tiles and was presumably raised (common in server rooms). The floor seems to be removed after the Machine's relocation as it was grey in “God Mode”.


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