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Life at Oak Ridge

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"A Remarkable Place"
Secret, Secret, Secret!
Youthful Exuberance
Dropping the Bomb
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Quick Fact:
In 1942, Manhattan Project director General Leslie R. Groves selected Oak Ridge, TN, to be the site of the pilot plutonium plant and the uranium enrichment plants for the atomic bomb project. The government ordered the residents of five small farming communities to leave the area. By the end of 1945, the town of Oak Ridge had over 75,000 residents - workers at the plants and their families.