A Mysterious Town Pops up Overnight in Rural Tennessee

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1. Unexplained Eviction

3. Overnight Mystery

The place was teeming with activity. There was a flurry of construction, but no one could have guessed what purpose it was going to serve. By 1943, a mysterious, sprawling town had seemingly popped up overnight.

The new town was now referred to as Oak Ridge, and was originally designed to house a population of about 13,000. Furtive secrecy surrounded the town and those who were building it kept very tight lips. To make matters even more peculiar, the town of Oak Ridge didn’t appear on any maps.