Initially a small, sleepy farming town, the 1940’s brought a literal boom to the town of Richland, by locating a portion of the nuclear Manhattan Project within its limits. Nearly overnight, the town grew from around 250 people, to a booming 11,000; most all of whom were employed by the Hanford Project. Nearly 135 years prior, Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition journeyed to the mouth of the Yakima River by canoe to find a productive tribal community, plentiful salmon runs, and healthy agricultural promise. Today, there is lots to explore in Richland. Sunny weather, two rivers, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities make it a family friendly city full of discovery, and on the grow.