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My hometown pizza place.  Best pizza ever.  It was a Friday night tradition to eat here and go to the Oak Ridge High School football game.

My hometown pizza place. Best pizza ever. It was a Friday night tradition to eat here and go to the Oak Ridge High School football game.

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.”

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.

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.

Vj Day | Oak Ridge celebrates V-J Day and more - Atomic City Underground

Vj Day | Oak Ridge celebrates V-J Day and more - Atomic City Underground

The Manhattan Project - Line for cigarettes at Williams Drug Store, Jackson Square, 1945 - Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

The Manhattan Project - Line for cigarettes at Williams Drug Store, Jackson Square, 1945 - Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

1947 aerial view of the K-25 uranium enrichment building in Oak Ridge, TN. Both the building and city were built for the Manhattan Project. From the DoE archives.

1947 aerial view of the K-25 uranium enrichment building in Oak Ridge, TN. Both the building and city were built for the Manhattan Project. From the DoE archives.

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.

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.

Dawsonville Ga. Lots of memories...

Dawsonville Ga. Lots of memories...

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