Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Oak Ridge

Marker ID: THC 1F 37
Location: on Oak Ridge Turnpike (Tennessee Route 95) just west of Westover Drive, Oak Ridge, TN
County: Roane
Coordinates: N 35° 58.825    W 084° 20.046
  35.98041666    -84.3341
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM28YY


In 1943, Oak Ridge was created as the residential center for the Clinton Engineering Works. Located on the northeast corner of a 59,000-acre reservation acquired by the government in 1942, the community was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Architects, in 1945. Oak Ridge reached a peak population of 75,000. On January 1, 1947, the Atomic Energy Commission assumed control of the community, in 1959. Oak Ridge became an incorporated municipality.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.