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.
Signs at Graphics Department, 1943-1944 Workers load uranium slugs into the X-10 Graphite Reactor's 44 by 44 feet (13.4 m) concrete face, 1943
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(via Wikimedia Commons ) Barn being used for storage, 1943 "The Calutron Girls", Y-12, 1944 Billboards, 1943-1944 Post office at Christmas time, 1944 The Atom, 1945 Line for cigarettes at Williams Drug Store, Jackson Square, 1945 Entrance to K-25, an uranium enrichment facility, 1945 The Elza bridge, 1945 Welding, 1945 The Oak Ridge Swimming Pool, 1946 Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1947 A.E.C. Girls Club, 1947 Oak Ridge Journal Staff, 1947 Santa Claus, 1947 Sports: Basketball and boxing, 1947 Aerial of Y-12, 1947 Wheat Cemetery & Church, 1948 Ogden Circle, 1948 Ed Westcott's Camera and Entry Pass, 1940s Safety billboard, 1948 To Man and the Atom, an exhibition in 1948 Dagwood Splits The Atom, 1949
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. Sparehed Willow Brooke School, 1949 Radioisotope separation and production, 1949 Mechanical hands, 1949 Oak Ridge High School, 1951 Erection of pre-fabs, 1951 Loading the Graphite Reactor at ORNL, 1952 Air View of K-25, K-31 and K-33, 1954 Woodland, 1955 Atoms for Peace Exhibit Trucks 1956 Type B home, 1957 A worker at the Graphite Reactor, 1957 Manipulators, 1958 Isotope Storage Area, 1958 Microwave Spectroscopy, 1958
City Sign, 1960
Zonal Centrifuge Lab work, 1967 Vibration Testing, 1967 Safety, 1967 Big Mouth No. 1, 1970 Security – That's all!, 1970
The photos are from doe-oakridge , except when noted otherwise.