April 18, 2012

The US Government’s Top Secret Town

In 1942, as part of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government acquired nearly 70,000 acres of land in Eastern Tennessee and established a secret town called Oak Ridge. At its height in 1945, over 75,000 people lived and worked in Oak Ridge with a primary focus on nuclear materials research and production.
The architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) was contracted to provide a layout for the town and house designs… which soon had 300 miles of roads, 55 miles of railroad track, ten schools, seven theaters, 17 restaurants and cafeterias, and 13 supermarkets. A library with 9,400 books, a symphony orchestra, sporting facilities, church services for 17 denominations, and a Fuller Brush Company salesman served the new city and its 75,000 residents.Wikipedia

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office recently started to digitize their collection of archival photos – you can see more in their photostream!

(via Flickr Blog)


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