How the US Government Kept a Town of 75,000 Secret

 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee is a small American town just like any other. They got Walmart, a Dollar General, an Aldi, a thermonuclear weapons development site and two McDonald’s and yet from 1942 to 1945, Oak Ridge, which a the time was the fifth largest town in Tennessee, did not exist and this isn’t like how Canada doesn’t exist.  Oak Ridge did exist but nobody knew about it.

In October 1942, the 1000 or so residents of the area came home to find notes on their door telling them they had six weeks to get out – the government had acquired their land through eminent domain.

In Oak Ridge Tennessee, after all the fences and buildings went up in a matter of months, the recruited workers were told next to nothing. All they knew was that their world would end the war. Spoiler alert, it did, because they were building the atomic bomb in what was known as the Manhattan Project. The names supposedly originated from the fact that the sites were quite similar to New York – they used about the same amount of electricity due to all the machinery, the air was toxic, they had to overpay the residents to convince them to live in bad conditions, and the people all thought they were more important than they were. The bad guys in World Wr 2 were not great so it was pretty important that the US didn’t accidentally leak information to Axis spies. Therefore, the entire 75.000 person town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee was 100% confidential – not even the Vice President knew it existed. When the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that was the first time that all but a select few individuals even knew a bomb existed.

The way the government kept his enormous operation confidential was as ingenious as the technology they were building Oak Ridge did not exist on any map. Houses were built outside the town and brought in to be placed so as few construction workers as possible would enter. Every single piece of mail going in and out was searched and read through not only to make sure there we no details of the work going on within the fences but also to be sure that nobody was including codes that communicated details. There were signs all around the town reminding everyone that what they were doing was secret but, in the government’s mind with 75.000 people, it was inevitable that a few spies would get in. For that reason, almost everyone had no clue what they were doing, the workers literally did not know what they were building. According to one estimate, only a few dozen people knew that the atomic bomb existed before the bombing of Hiroshima even though hundreds of thousands of people at Oak Ridge and other Manhattan Project sites built it. The workers learned about what they were building from the newspaper the day after the bomb dropped.

Each and every individual would have a single task and the only people who knew how it related to other tasks were the few highest-ranked scientists. One individual, for example, was tasked with watching a dial, turning a valve when it reached 100 and that was it. He had no idea why he was doing that. The individual tasks were tiny and mundane – it was like working at McDonald’s except that at McDonald’s what you make kills Americans too. Another individual working in the laundry was told to hold up a machine to each article of clothing and listen for a clicking sound. Little did she know she was checking for radiation using a Geiger counter. Security officers roamed all around Oak Ridge and monitored for anything suspicious. Groups of more than seven and having the same person over repeatedly were considered suspicious so residents avoided that since they knew that, if the security officers were suspicious in the slightest, even if it was unproven, they would get kicked out for good. If a leak was proven, the resident would either be jailed for 10 years or fined the equivalent of $100.000. Overall, the bad guys in this war were really bad so Americans were really into the idea of winning so even those that had a good idea what was going on in Oak Ridge kept silent out of a sense of patriotism – not wanting to let out information that could help the enemy. Throughout this all, however, Oak Ridge had stores and restaurants and even sports teams. Oak Ridge looked like a regular American town – just one that built the most deadly weapon that has ever existed.  If you work at the US Government’s secret contrail factory in Garden City, Kansas, you should start a blog about it but a blog isn’t worth much unless you have a great domain.

Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart

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My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.

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3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament

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4. Important Memories On Google Maps

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5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again

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6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement

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He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!

 

7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back

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8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me

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9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture

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10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer

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11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better

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12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting

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13. Best Neighbours

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14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off

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16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me

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17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year

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Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!

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19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes

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20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais

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The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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