Oak Ridge History

Big Ed’s Pizza Celebrates 50 Years in Oak Ridge, TN

Today, February 3, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Oak Ridge’s renowned family owned pizza restaurant, Big Ed’s. Big Ed's has been a fixture of the Oak Ridge community since 1970 when Ed Neusel, his wife Ginger, and their three sons converted the old Service Drug Store to where Big [...]

Manhattan Project Park featured on Road Trips and Coffee

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was established in 2015 and spans between 3 different states that were instrumental in helping end World War II. Exploring a National Park can be confusing, especially since the sites are scattered throughout the town and some are located on Department of Energy land. [...]

Honoring Genetics Pioneer, Legacy Scientist Liane Russell

Oak Ridge is mourning the loss of internationally recognized researcher Dr. Liane “Lee” Branch Russell. Lee passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the age of 95. Funeral arrangements are being planned at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home. Fleeing Nazi-controlled Austria as a child, Lee eventually came to America [...]

Oak Ridge Remembers the Life of Ed Westcott

Oak Ridgers have heavy hearts today, as the news of the passing of Ed Westcott made the headlines. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Westcott passed peacefully around 7 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. Westcott turned 97 years old on January 20, and he had an incredible life being [...]

Oak Ridge 70th Anniversary Celebrations

(As published in The Oak Ridger’s Historically Speaking column on March 1, 2019) Jim Dodson, says, “As an Oak Ridge City Councilman, I see the American Museum of Science and Energy as a great asset to our community. I would like to encourage everyone to come out on March 19 [...]

Without Ed Westcott, the Secret City Would Have Stayed Secret

Guest Post By: Ray Smith, Oak Ridge Historian The story of the Manhattan Project would be lost to history without the work of Oak Ridge’s own renowned photographer Ed Westcott. Our city has gained international recognition for its work in the top-secret assignment — and continues to solve some [...]

Who Were the Calutron Girls of Oak Ridge?

One of the most iconic photographs from the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN features two rows of women sitting in front of imposingly large machines covered with meters and dials. Taken by the legendary photographer Ed Westcott, this picture captures a typical day for the “Calutron Girls,” the [...]

John Hendrix: The Prophet of Oak Ridge

John Hendrix is one of the most indelible characters in the history of Oak Ridge, TN. Considered a “mystic” by his neighbors in rural Anderson County, Hendrix had a number of visions in the early 1900s that were seemingly proven to be accurate by future events. Hendrix is most [...]