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The main control room at the K-25 uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge. (Ed Westcott/DOE

The Secret City

Starting in 1942, the U.S. government began quietly acquiring more than 60,000 acres in Eastern Tennessee for the Manhattan Project—the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb.

The Manhattan Project - Ed Westcott's Camera and Entry Pass, 1940s - Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Here's a collection of rare historical photos from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town established by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 on an isolated farm. It was a secret location that became one of the most significant sites of the Manhattan Project.

Oak Ridge, Tenn, didn't exist until the federal government evicted the area's rural residents in 1942, and the city didn't appear on a map until after World War II. Known as the "Secret City," it was established as one of three sites for developing materials for the Manhattan Project, and its residents lived a life of secrecy.

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Tennessee is home to Oak Ridge, a base for the U.S. government’s Manhattan Project. Oak Ridge was created in the 1940′s originally as a top secret site to create and develop an atomic bomb. The city is also known as “Atomic City,” “The Secret City,” “The Ridge,” and “The City Behind The Fence.”

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“What you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.” So say posters and billboards that were once posted all over Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the United States Government’s three secret cities that toiled away on The Manhattan Project:

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V-J day celebration in Jackson Square in downtown Oak Ridge in August of 1945. When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan on August 6, 1945, the news reports revealed to the people at Oak Ridge what they had been working on all along. (Ed Westcott/DOE)

The Secret City

Starting in 1942, the U.S. government began quietly acquiring more than 60,000 acres in Eastern Tennessee for the Manhattan Project—the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb.

The Manhattan Project - Workers load uranium slugs into the X-10 Graphite Reactor's 44 by 44 feet (13.4 m) concrete face, 1943 - Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Here's a collection of rare historical photos from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town established by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 on an isolated farm. It was a secret location that became one of the most significant sites of the Manhattan Project.

Most of the 75,000 residents of Oak Ridge, Tennessee had no idea they were processing uranium until the bombs dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. They had settled in the mysterious town, a “secret city”, with very little knowledge of what they would do there, other than the promise that their work was going to help end the war. Sure enough, on August 6th, 1945, a nuclear superbomb that the young men and women of Oak Ridge had helped develop, effectively ended World War II.

Inside America's Secret Atomic City

Most of the 75,000 residents of Oak Ridge, Tennessee had no idea they were processing uranium until the bombs dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. They had settled in the mysterious town, a "secret city", with very little knowledge of what they would do there, other than the promise that their work was goi

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Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge, Tennessee Oak Ridge is an incorporated city in Anderson and Roane Counties in East Tennessee, USA, about 25 miles northwest of Knoxville. Oak Ridge's population was 27,387 people at the 2000 census. The portion of the city located in Anderson County is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area, while the portion located in Roane County is included in the Harriman, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area; both of these areas are components of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La…

Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline Kennedy visiting the Homogeneous Reactor Experiment No. 2 during a campaign visit at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline Kennedy visiting the Homogeneous Reactor Experiment No. 2 during a campaign visit at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge,...

Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City Post office at Christmas time, 1944

Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Here's a collection of rare historical photos from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town established by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 on an isolated farm. It was a secret location that became one of the most significant sites of the Manhattan Project.

The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in a significant moment in U.S. history.

Denise Kiernan on THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY

Denise Kiernan, author of the New York Times bestselling "The Girls of Atomic City" is in studio to discuss her narrative non-fiction book. The story, set in...

Woman Welding at K-25 Oak Ridge Tennessee February 1945

US Government Top Secret Town: Manhattan Project ‘Atomic City’ aka Oak Ridge TN

In 1942, as part of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government created a top ‘Secret Town’ aka ”The Atomic City’ now called Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The government bought up ab…

In 1942, as part of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government established a secret town called Oak Ridge. Flickr Blog.

The US Government’s Top Secret Town

In 1942, as part of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government acquired nearly 70,000 acres of land in Eastern Tennessee and established a secret town called Oak Ridge. At its height in 1945, over …

City Behind A Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946 by Charles W. Johnson (8th, TN History)

City Behind A Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946

City Behind A Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946 [Charles W. Johnson, Charles O. Jackson] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. City Behind A Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946