Journeys of Discovery: Tennessee’s 'Secret City'

Jan 27, 2020

In the depths of World War II, top-secret labs were staffed around the clock to create a nuclear bomb. Oak Ridge in Tennessee, dubbed 'Secret City,' was built from scratch in a matter of months and became home to 75,000 Manhattan Project scientists and support personnel, including thousands of women. 

Following World War II, 'Secret City' evolved into the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and continues its mission working on scientific and defense-related projects. The town of Oak Ridge has evolved to become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, along with tourists who come to explore the town’s historic role in WWII. Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Oak Ridge, where he visits with Katy Jett, president of the Oak Ridge Visitors Bureau and historian Michael Stallo.

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