Oak Ridge, Tennessee: America's Secret Atomic City

Oak Ridge, Tennessee: America's Secret Atomic City

\" \" An aerial view of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory campus in Tennessee, taken at an unknown date. As detailed in Charles W. Johnson's and Charles O. Jackson's 1981 book \"City Behind a Fence: Oak Ridge Tennessee 1942-1946,\" U.S. officials already had identified potential sites in several parts of the country, but all of them had drawbacks. Over the next few years, Oak Ridge grew into a community of 75,000 people. The Knoxville, Tennessee News-Sentinel's front page headline proudly proclaimed: \"ATOMIC SUPER-BOMB, MADE AT OAK RIDGE, STRIKES JAPAN.\" After the war, the various parts of the once-secret Tennessee atomic complex were split up.

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