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

Elza Gate

The Elza Gate

 
 
Elza Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Donald Raby
1. Elza Gate Marker
Inscription. From April 1, 1943, until March 19, 1949, this was the site of Elza Gate. Elza Gate was the primary entrance to the secret community of Oak Ridge and along with six other entry points, it was manned by armed guards. Elza Gate took its name from a local community that predated Oak Ridge.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1D 24.)
 
Location. 36° 2.776′ N, 84° 12.474′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike (U.S. 95) and Melton Lake Drive, on the right when traveling east on Oak Ridge Turnpike. Touch for map. West of L&N RR underpass. 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 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oak Ridge (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Emery Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Scarboro Community (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Robertsville Community (approx. 4.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Prelude: The Green McAdoo School (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Ridge
Elza Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Donald Raby
2. Elza Gate Marker
(approx. 8.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Miners' Circle Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away); "The Coal Creek War" (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Ridge.
 
Regarding Elza Gate. Elza's name was from a local freight depot on L&N Rail Road. The Oak Ridge reservation is bounded on the east by Rail Road and south by Clinch River near this point.
 
Additional keywords. Oak Ridge, Manhattan Project, Secret City
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2015, by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Donald Raby of Knoxville, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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