Oak Ridge is a city rich in history and progressive in modernity. Otherwise known as the “Secret City” Oak Ridge was formerly a secret city built during WWII after the land was purchased specifically as a major site for the makings of the Manhattan Project. The large project called for 75,000 workers, whom the government decided to build up a community for. Oak Ridge’s critical history can be explored in the American Museum of Science and Energy as well as the Manhattan Project National History Park- both located in Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge not only has a unique history but also unique geography. It is surrounded on three sides by water, giving residents of Oak Ridge access to water-based recreational activities and many scenic views. Beautiful ridges separate the city, and the ridges give many neighborhoods an added benefit of beautiful hills and views. Each residential area in Oak Ridge has a top-of-the-line park a half-mile away from it, which makes living in Oak Ridge very convenient for families. A few other special outdoor amenities that Oak Ridge has is a disc golf course, a wonderful park for horseback riders, runners or bikers, and an outdoor pool. To fully become an Oak Ridge local, you must go to Big Ed’s Pizza, Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab, or Jefferson Fountain Restaurant. Created during the beginnings of Oak Ridge is Jackson Square- still used to entertain its residents with shopping, dining, and relaxing gardens. This colorful town is located just 22 miles from Knoxville. For those looking for outdoor adventures, highly rated schools, or safety in a place to call home- Oak Ridge is the place!
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