“I was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where my parents met during the war, working on the atom bomb in the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge. At that time, Oak Ridge was a completely secret city, shown on no maps. Any communication with the people living there went through Knoxville, Tennessee, and the outside world was given the impression that the people in Oak Ridge were actually working for companies such as Eastman, or other chemical companies. This first picture shows a military checkpoint that people had to pass through to enter the city. The checkpoints, though abandoned, are still located in there.” – David Ross

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Header image: map of Northeast Houston in 1922, courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

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