|The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
An NCR scientist named Goddard and his military escort traveled through the region, establishing power generators and noting the locations of old-world power facilities. His report to NCR is noticed by Presper, who sent him out again to investigate certain areas in the old America's southwest. After Goddard returns, Presper and a small team of soldiers investigate Boulder Dome. They found it in need of repair but containing excellent labs and a fully-functioning ZAX unit. Over the next few years, Presper invited or more or less sent scientists and students to the Boulder Dome, where he explained his idea to remake civilization. Those who refuse are put in cold sleep, using technology the original Dome scientists developed to aid space travel.