Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Here's a collection of rare historical photos from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town established by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 on an isolated farm. It was a secret location that became one of the most significant sites of the Manhattan Project.

Advertisement

Signs at Graphics Department, 1943-1944

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Workers load uranium slugs into the X-10 Graphite Reactor's 44 by 44 feet (13.4 m) concrete face, 1943

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

(via Wikimedia Commons)

Barn being used for storage, 1943

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

"The Calutron Girls", Y-12, 1944

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Billboards, 1943-1944

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Post office at Christmas time, 1944

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

The Atom, 1945

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Line for cigarettes at Williams Drug Store, Jackson Square, 1945

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Entrance to K-25, an uranium enrichment facility, 1945

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

The Elza bridge, 1945

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Welding, 1945

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

The Oak Ridge Swimming Pool, 1946

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1947

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

A.E.C. Girls Club, 1947

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Oak Ridge Journal Staff, 1947

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Santa Claus, 1947

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Sports: Basketball and boxing, 1947

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Aerial of Y-12, 1947

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Wheat Cemetery & Church, 1948

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Ogden Circle, 1948

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Ed Westcott's Camera and Entry Pass, 1940s

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Safety billboard, 1948

To Man and the Atom, an exhibition in 1948

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Dagwood Splits The Atom, 1949

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

The whole book is available on Sparehed.

Advertisement

Willow Brooke School, 1949

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Radioisotope separation and production, 1949

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Mechanical hands, 1949

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Oak Ridge High School, 1951

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Erection of pre-fabs, 1951

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Loading the Graphite Reactor at ORNL, 1952

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Air View of K-25, K-31 and K-33, 1954

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Woodland, 1955

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Atoms for Peace Exhibit Trucks 1956

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

Type B home, 1957

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

A worker at the Graphite Reactor, 1957

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Manipulators, 1958

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Isotope Storage Area, 1958

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Microwave Spectroscopy, 1958

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Billboards, 1960

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City

City Sign, 1960

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Zonal Centrifuge Lab work, 1967

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Vibration Testing, 1967

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Safety, 1967

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Big Mouth No. 1, 1970

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

Security – That's all!, 1970

Illustration for article titled Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life in Oak Ridge, the Secret City
Advertisement

____

The photos are from doe-oakridge, except when noted otherwise.

Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our newsletter