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

1946

 
 
1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
1. 1946 Marker
Inscription. This was the world’s first fully peacetime year since 1938. Cities everywhere began struggling to change things back to normal; Oak Ridge was different – we had never been normal. Things here were also in a state of flux because the success of the K-25 diffusion process meant the closing down of Y-12’s process with huge layoffs. Construction was also largely finished, so the town population dropped from 75,000 to nearly 36,000. One sign of approaching normalcy was folks complaining about high prices; both a hamburger and a baby sitter for an hour cost 25 cents. The year’s big debate over military vs. civilian control of the nuclear program was settled in favor of the civilian Atomic Energy Commission. The Army here thought one good step to normalcy could be an elected Town Council, and 53 candidates promptly offered their names for the 12 seats. At that new Council’s first session 300 citizens complained about phone service, cafeteria food, laundry service, home maintenance, and other topics. New civic clubs, like other towns had, were organized, and eight churches began talking about constructing their own buildings.

Erected in Honor of the Union Carbide Corporation Companies That Operated Government Facilities in Oak Ridge from 1945 to 1984 by Union Carbide Retirees and By the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, June 2005.
 
Erected

1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
2. 1946 Marker
2005 by Union Carbide Retirees and by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.
 
Location. 36° 0.82′ N, 84° 15.474′ 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. Touch for map. Marker is located at Alvin K. Bissell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Ridge TN 37830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Manhattan Engineer District – USAEC (here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge Schools (here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project (here, next to this marker); 1948 (here, next to this marker); Construction Workers (here, next to this marker); Y-12 – The Calutron Plant (here, next to this marker); 1942 (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. (Submitted on January 4, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, World II
 
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
3. Secret City Commemorative Walk
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
4. Secret City Commemorative Walk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. 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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