My "birth city" of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I can drive it like the back of my hand even though I haven't lived there since I was four. Oak Ridge has the highest Ph.D per capita  in the country. The federal government created the "secret city" in the 1940s. My grandfather became one of the blue collar workers who worked on refining the plutonium for the atom bomb. There is a wonderful atomic energy museum and it is set in a truly beautiful place.

My "birth city" of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I can drive it like the back of my hand even though I haven't lived there since I was four. Oak Ridge has the highest Ph.D per capita in the country. The federal government created the "secret city" in the 1940s. My grandfather became one of the blue collar workers who worked on refining the plutonium for the atom bomb. There is a wonderful atomic energy museum and it is set in a truly beautiful place.

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.

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.

City Behind A Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946  -- Paperback (272 pages), kindle -- Created by the US government as part of rhe Manhattan Project to aid in the construction of the first atomic bomb, Oak Ridge grew to a population of 70,000 in 1945. #WWII #History

City Behind A Fence: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1942-1946 -- Paperback (272 pages), kindle -- Created by the US government as part of rhe Manhattan Project to aid in the construction of the first atomic bomb, Oak Ridge grew to a population of 70,000 in 1945. #WWII #History

In 1945, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan became connected in a way too horrible to previously imagine. Today, this temple bell hangs in Oak Ridge in the hope that it will never happen again.

In 1945, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan became connected in a way too horrible to previously imagine. Today, this temple bell hangs in Oak Ridge in the hope that it will never happen again.

The main control room at the K-25 uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (Ed Westcott-the only authorized photographer on the facility/DOE); The U.S. government built the facility there for the Manhattan Project -- the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb

The main control room at the K-25 uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (Ed Westcott-the only authorized photographer on the facility/DOE); The U.S. government built the facility there for the Manhattan Project -- the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb

In Oak Ridge, TN, American Museum of Science and Energy is a center for exploration dedicated to the WWII Manhattan Project history and the science that emerged from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and presentations. Open daily. Self-guided tour. Allow two hours. Family fun

In Oak Ridge, TN, American Museum of Science and Energy is a center for exploration dedicated to the WWII Manhattan Project history and the science that emerged from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and presentations. Open daily. Self-guided tour. Allow two hours. Family fun

Employees of the Manhattan Project operating calutron control panels at Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, circa 1943. US government photo by Ed Westcott via reddit [[MORE]] Particularly interesting historical background of this photo to whoever’s interested! (source: Wikipedia ) Calutron operators at their panels, in the Y-12 plant at Oak Ridge, TN during World War II. The calutrons were used to refine uranium ore into fissile material.

Employees of the Manhattan Project operating calutron control panels at Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, circa 1943. US government photo by Ed Westcott via reddit [[MORE]] Particularly interesting historical background of this photo to whoever’s interested! (source: Wikipedia ) Calutron operators at their panels, in the Y-12 plant at Oak Ridge, TN during World War II. The calutrons were used to refine uranium ore into fissile material.

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