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Hundreds visit Y-12 as part of Secret City Festival

More than 350 people from around the country visited the Y-12 National Security Complex earlier this month as part of the Secret City Festival. Constructed during World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was a “secret city” established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project.  

Y-12 historian Ray Smith speaks to visitors at the site’s New Hope Center during the Secret City Festival.

Woman dressed as “Rosie the Riveter” were among the visitors. Thousands of women worked at Y-12 during World War II.

The Rosie the Riveter fans posing in front of the casing of a dismantled B53 nuclear bomb.

Visitors to Y-12 participated in one of 15 bus tours and were able to see the site from atop the South Ridge, tour Building 9731 (now part of Manhattan Project National Historical Park), and see historical exhibits.

Also on hand for the visitors were Y-12’s emergency response vehicles and K-9 demonstrations.

Several Y-12 employees played key roles in planning and hosting the Secret City Festival over the first two weekends in June, including serving on the board of Celebrate Oak Ridge. During the first weekend, which was designated to celebrate World War II heroes, Y-12 employees participated in a 75th anniversary of the Manhatttan Project Radio Amateur Special Event Station, a U.S. and German military living history encampment and re-enactment, a Native American code talker living history, and a military vehicle display.