The U.S. Government’s Top-Secret Town

Via A Continuous Lean, an entrancing glimpse of life inside a city, created as part of the Manhattan Project, with a secret purpose. Imagine if your sunny suburban daily existence served merely as a front for the real action occurring in your town:

In 1942, the government acquired 70,000 acres in Eastern Tennessee and established Oak Ridge…developed for the sole purpose of separating uranium for the Manhattan Project. The completely planned community was designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and had a population of more than 70,000 people. Due to the sensitive nature of the work at Oak Ridge, the entire town was fenced in with armed guards. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office recently started to digitize its archival photos and share them through Flickr.


5 Comments on "The U.S. Government’s Top-Secret Town"

  1. Mason Free | Apr 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm |

    If this town is so “secret,” why is the subject of an article on Disinfo?

    • smooth_operator | Apr 26, 2012 at 2:19 am |

      Built in 1942, as the article says. In other words, it was highly secretive then. The entire Manhattan Project was top-secret, but because it’s over a half-century old, some of the secretiveness has faded.

      Are you stoned?

  2. Except that Oak Ridge was built for the sole purpose as serving as a place of local residence for US government employees, scientists, engineers, and builders. It’s not like it was a real secret, not to the residents at least and not to anyone driving by. 


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