Historic Markers Across Tennessee


Marker ID:  
Location: Alvin K. Bissell Park, at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike (Tennessee Route 95) and South Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 0.817    W 084° 15.473
  36.01361666    -84.25788333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None



New arrivals to this fenced in area called the Clinton Engineer Works were amazed at the extensive construction at every turn – more Cemestos “alphabet” homes were going up on Black Oak Ridge, as were more “flattops” in the west part of town, more trailers, more hutments and barracks along the Turnpike, more elementary schools, and more neighborhood shopping centers. Spring saw the peak of construction activity with 47,000 workers expanding Y-12, building K-25, and growing the town into a city. Many newcomers wanted to pursue outside interests they had left behind, so volunteers went to work founding a symphony, playhouse, community chorus, various clubs, churches, and leagues for all kinds of sports. The war, though, was never far from anyone’s mind. The long awaited invasion of Europe took place on June 6th, D-Day, with awful casualties. Back here at home just about everything was rationed – butter, meats, canned goods, sugar, gasoline, and tires. If you saw a long line at a store, you felt the urge to get in it. It was bound to be for something scarce, maybe nylons or cigarettes.

Erected in Honor of the Tennessee Eastman Company,
Operator of the Y-12 Plant from 1943 to 1947
By the Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee, June 2005.


More information:
Wikipedia - Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Wikipedia - Manhattan Project
Wikipedia - Manhattan Project National Historical Park
US History for Kids - Manhattan Project Timeline
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