Tennessee is home to Oak Ridge, a base for the U.S. government’s Manhattan Project. Oak Ridge was created in the 1940′s originally as a top secret site to create and develop an atomic bomb. The city is also known as “Atomic City,” “The Secret City,” “The Ridge,” and “The City Behind The Fence.”
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.
Early Construction of the K-25 uranium enrichment facility (background), with one of original houses of Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the foreground, in 1942. That year, the United States Army Corps of Engineers began quickly acquiring land in the Oak Ridge area, at the request of the U.S. government, to build production facilities for the Manhattan Project. The K-25 plant, when completed, was the largest building in the world for a time.