Historic Markers Across Tennessee


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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° 0.818    W 084° 15.474
  36.01363333    -84.2579
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None



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.


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