Construction Workers

Construction Workers (HM24FK)

Location: Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Anderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 0.819', W 84° 15.474'

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Starting with farmland in November 1942, 110,000 construction workers in two-and-a-half years built two huge uranium-235 production plants, Y-12 and K-25, at a cost of $759 million; X-10 and S-50, at a cost of $23 million; and the town for those who worked at the plants to live in, at a cost of $96 million. Bringing together so many skilled and unskilled laborers at the height of World War II was extremely difficult because U.S. war work needed them everywhere. Construction union leaders and their organizations made heroic efforts in helping the War Manpower Commission, U.S. Employment Service, and the Army find the thousands needed. The Oak Ridge bus systems grew to be the 9th largest in the U.S., daily bringing in as many as 20,000 workers, including those from the surrounding counties who could not find living quarters here. At K-25, where the construction work force approached 25,000 in May 1945, a complete town, called by its residents Happy Valley, was built at the work site for workers and their families. It has long since disappeared. In April 1944 the peak employment of construction workers was reached with 47,000 building the plants and the town, now rapidly growing into a city. By the war's end in August 1945, 218 million man-hours had been devoted to rushed construction in Oak Ridge, yet the rate of disabling injuries was

only a quarter of the rate for all U.S. construction industry - a remarkable safety record. The success of the construction work for the Manhattan Project is a lasting tribute to the patriotism, dedication, skill, and hard work of the untiring construction workers.

Erected in Honor of the Construction Workers of All Skills, Crafts, and Trades Who Labored here, by the Cooperative Agreement of Labor and Management (CALM), June 2005.
HM NumberHM24FK
Year Placed2005
Placed ByCooperative Agreement of Labor and Management (CALM)
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Date Added Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 7:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 747125 N 3988941
Decimal Degrees36.01365000, -84.25790000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 0.819', W 84° 15.474'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 0' 49.14" N, 84° 15' 28.44" W
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Area Code(s)615, 865
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-144 S Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge TN 37830, US
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