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.

Signs at Graphics Department, 1943-1944

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

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

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

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Barn being used for storage, 1943

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

"The Calutron Girls", Y-12, 1944

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

Billboards, 1943-1944

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post office at Christmas time, 1944

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

The Atom, 1945

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

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

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

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

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

The Elza bridge, 1945

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

Welding, 1945

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

The Oak Ridge Swimming Pool, 1946

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

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1947

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

A.E.C. Girls Club, 1947

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

Oak Ridge Journal Staff, 1947

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

Santa Claus, 1947

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

Sports: Basketball and boxing, 1947

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

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

Aerial of Y-12, 1947

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

Wheat Cemetery & Church, 1948

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

Ogden Circle, 1948

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

Ed Westcott's Camera and Entry Pass, 1940s

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

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

Safety billboard, 1948

To Man and the Atom, an exhibition in 1948

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

Dagwood Splits The Atom, 1949

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

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

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Willow Brooke School, 1949

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

Radioisotope separation and production, 1949

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

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

Mechanical hands, 1949

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

Oak Ridge High School, 1951

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

Erection of pre-fabs, 1951

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

Loading the Graphite Reactor at ORNL, 1952

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

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

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

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

Woodland, 1955

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

Atoms for Peace Exhibit Trucks 1956

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

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

Type B home, 1957

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

A worker at the Graphite Reactor, 1957

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

Manipulators, 1958

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

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

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

Isotope Storage Area, 1958

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

Microwave Spectroscopy, 1958

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

Billboards, 1960

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

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

City Sign, 1960

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

Zonal Centrifuge Lab work, 1967

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

Vibration Testing, 1967

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

Safety, 1967

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

Big Mouth No. 1, 1970

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

Security – That's all!, 1970

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

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