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The Secret City

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on April 21, 1959. When it was first founded in 1942 to supply housing for workers at the Atomic Energy Commission plant, Oak Ridge was a military reservation. Since the end of World War II, however, the AEC has removed the fence that once surrounded Oak Ridge and gradually given more voice in matters of community policy to the town council, an elected body with advisory powers only. On May 5, Oak Ridge's transformation from military control to self-government was…

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Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge | "The Secret City" It was a city where scientists built nuclear weapons and lived, residents were not allowed to talk about the city and outsiders were not allowed in.

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7 Mind-Blowing Structures Built in Secret

A billboard at the Oak Ridge Facility, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which warned workers there to maintain silence and secrecy about what they were working on: the development of the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. The photograph was taken in August 1945.

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The Secret City

The Secret City - Oak Ridge, TN. Calutron operators at their panels, in the Y-12 plant at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during World War II... Gladys Owens, the woman seated in the foreground, did not realize what she had been doing until seeing this photo in a public tour of the facility fifty years later. (Ed Westcott/DOE)

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Current-day ORAU. The Castle on the Hill Oak Ridge DOE photo by Ed Wescott The Castle On The Hill – Oak Ridge. The Administration Building, Oak Ridge Tennessee 1944.

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