Oak Ridge is a city in Anderson and Roane counties in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Tennessee, about 25 miles (40 km) west of Knoxville. Oak Ridge's population was 27,387 at the 2000 census. The portion of the city located in Anderson County is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area, while the portion located in Roane County is included in the Harriman, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area; both of these areas are components of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN…
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.
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
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.
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