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Oak Ridge in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

1944

 
 
1944 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
1. 1944 Marker
Inscription.  New arrivals to this fenced in area called the Clinton Engineer Works were amazed at the extensive construction at every turn – more Cemestos “alphabet” homes were going up on Black Oak Ridge, as were more “flattops” in the west part of town, more trailers, more hutments and barracks along the Turnpike, more elementary schools, and more neighborhood shopping centers. Spring saw the peak of construction activity with 47,000 workers expanding Y-12, building K-25, and growing the town into a city. Many newcomers wanted to pursue outside interests they had left behind, so volunteers went to work founding a symphony, playhouse, community chorus, various clubs, churches, and leagues for all kinds of sports. The war, though, was never far from anyone’s mind. The long awaited invasion of Europe took place on June 6th, D-Day, with awful casualties. Back here at home just about everything was rationed – butter, meats, canned goods, sugar, gasoline, and tires. If you saw a long line at a store, you felt the urge to get in it. It was bound to be for something scarce, maybe nylons or cigarettes.

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of the Tennessee Eastman Company, Operator of the Y-12 Plant from 1943 to 1947 By the Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee, June 2005.
 
Erected 2005 by Eastman Chemical Company.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee - Oak Hill - Secret City Commemorative Walk series list.
 
Location. 36° 0.817′ N, 84° 15.473′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike (Tennessee Route 95) and South Tulane Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Oak Ridge Turnpike. Marker is located at Alvin K. Bissell Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Ridge TN 37830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. K-25 – The Gaseous Diffusion Plant (here, next to this marker); 1949 (here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge Hospital (here, next to this marker); 1947 (here, next to this marker); X-10 – The Clinton Laboratories (here, next to this marker); ORINS / ORAU (here, next to this marker); 1943 (here, next to this marker); 1945 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Ridge.
 
Also see . . .  Secret City Commemorative Walk
1944 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
2. 1944 Marker
. (Submitted on January 4, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
3. Secret City Commemorative Walk
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
4. Secret City Commemorative Walk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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