This website will tell the fascinating stories of how Oak Ridgers succeeded in using the four nuclear installations to do their never before attempted missions, and while doing so gradually also learned to play in the off hours and love this secret wartime community back in the hills of Tennessee. Since opening its gates in 1949, its people have helped transform this part of East Tennessee into a center of advanced science and technology.
The varied stories on this website tell how this city grew from a February 1943 groundbreaking, with very few people not yet moved out, to be in May 1945, the fifth largest city in Tennessee; it exploded into a city of 75,000 people in only 2.5 years. All came to do whatever they could to help our country win the worst war in history; everyone was touched by it day and nigh. No Ridgers ever glorified WWII.
Famed author Herman Wouk wrote, “The Beginning of the End of War — is ‘Remembrance.’”