The Hawkins National Laboratory, connected to the U.S. Department of Energy, was a federal complex located in Hawkins, Indiana. It was most likely controlled by the CIA or NSA, and was one of several national laboratories which grew out of the scientific endeavors of World War II.
The lab was very secretive and private; it was surrounded by a barbed wire fence and guarded by military police. It was composed of one multi-story building that led down to an underground complex. It was located within a secluded forest with only a single road leading to it.
In the mid 20th century, the lab was host to a series of questionable experiments involving sensory deprivation and drug use. This led to the birth of at least one child with psychokinetic abilities, who was kidnapped and terribly mistreated by Dr. Martin Brenner and his team of scientists. Further experiments on the girl lead to the accidental creation of a doorway to a horrifying alternate dimension, in early November 1983. An alien biological growth, stemming from the alternate world, began to consume the lower levels of the lab.
Supernatural forces began to bleed into Hawkins after this event, and the girl managed to escape. The lab desperately attempted to cover their tracks, using their 'subsidiary' Hawkins Power & Light and other devious methods to spy on local residents, while they began to study the nature of the alternate dimension.
By October 1984, Hawkins Lab had been re-organized and placed under new management. In the year that had passed, the lab had attempted to stall the spread of the alien growth while also continuing to study it. After an entity from the alternate world began interfering with events in Hawkins, a pack of strange humanoid predators was let loose in the town. This led to the deaths of many staff at the lab, which in turn resulted in the lab's shut-down that December.
- ↑ "Calling Hawkins Power will give you 'Stranger Things' clues" CNET. October 23, 2017.