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

1947

 
 
1947 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
1. 1947 Marker
Inscription. Although many residents still felt Oak Ridge was a wartime town, they were now encouraged to view their city as possibly becoming a permanent community. This transition was kicked off January 1 when the Manhattan Engineering District handed off control of the government’s atomic energy program to the civilian U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). In April, AEC Chairman David Lilienthal told citizens in a packed high school auditorium that AEC hoped that Oak Ridge would eventually become a “normal” city with home ownership and self-government. The AEC named Len Z. Dolan as the Oak Ridge city manager. Eight people were elected to seats on a new Town Council. The city’s appearance improved as abandoned farm buildings and sub-standard dormitories were town down, and 50,000 trees were planted. The AEC built 450 modern garden apartments. A new country club offered nine holes of golf. A trial justice court replaced the justice of the peace. Citizens voted legalize the sale of whiskey. The year ended with a “Black Christmas” at Clinton National Laboratory because of uncertainties about their reactor programs and its next operating contractor.

Given by the K-25 Federal Credit Union and By the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, June 2005.
 
Erected 2005 by K-25 Federal Credit Union and

1947 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
2. 1947 Marker
By the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.
 
Location. 36° 0.818′ 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. Oak Ridge Hospital (here, next to this marker); 1949 (here, next to this marker); K-25 – The Gaseous Diffusion Plant (here, next to this marker); 1945 (here, next to this marker); Construction Workers (here, next to this marker); X-10 – The Clinton Laboratories (here, next to this marker); 1943 (here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge – Secret City (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.)
 
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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
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
5. 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 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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