During the Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge, TN was home to some of America’s finest scientific minds. While these brilliant physicists were developing the world’s first nuclear weapons, innovators of a different sort were also getting their start in the Secret City. Believe it or not, Colonel Sanders of KFC, Dave Thomas of [...]
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 women charged with [...]
Way back in 1944, 26-year-old Richard Feynman took his very first airplane flight. His destination was a city that was not listed on any map; a city that was protected by gates with armed guards. Feynman was heading to Oak Ridge, TN, the top-secret location of the Clinton Engineer Works, the production [...]
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 famous for allegedly [...]
3 Fascinating Stories from the Manhattan Project Oak Ridge, TN has a history unlike anywhere else in the world! Known as the “Secret City” during World War II, Oak Ridge was the epicenter of the Manhattan Project. To help you prepare for your visit to Oak Ridge, we are sharing three of [...]
Inside the Secret City: The Photography of Ed Westcott In 1944, a billboard outside of Oak Ridge, TN contained a warning from a grimacing Uncle Sam, “Loose Talk Helps Our Enemy. So, Let’s Keep Our Trap Shut.” As the principal site of the Manhattan Project, the American-led effort to develop an atomic [...]
The Atomic City: Why Oak Ridge Was Chosen for the Manhattan Project On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The attacks helped bring an end to World War II and changed the face of geopolitics and modern [...]
5 Interesting Facts to Help You Learn More About the History of Oak Ridge TN 1. Oak Ridge was built under a cloak of secrecy. As part of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government secretly built Oak Ridge with the hope of developing technology that would end World War II. It was the first and [...]
There were many secrets kept surrounding the Manhattan Project during World War II...
As early as November 1942, when construction of Oak Ridge first began with the Administration Building, this area was known as...