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)
After the war, Oak Ridge worker, Mary Anne Bufard’s spoke about her unusual odd duties: "It didn’t make any sense. I worked in the laundry at the Monsanto Chemical Company, counting uniforms . . . The uniforms were first washed, then ironed, all new buttons sewed on and passed to me. I’d hold the uniform up to a special instrument and if I heard a clicking noise — I’d throw it back in to be done all over again. That’s all I did — all day long. Of course Mary was screening for radiation.
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.
*ABRAHAM LINCOLN's BODY EXHUMED: In 1900 the Lincoln Tomb located in Oak Ridge Cemetery in springfield, Illinois, was in need of repair + underwent a reconstruction. Construction of the present tomb took 15 months, + during that time Mr. Lincoln's coffin was in a temporary grave a few ft away. The above photo shows the temporary grave after being opened, + the pine box holding Mr. Lincoln's coffin is clearly visible.