Yet arguably nowhere in the U.S. changed quite as much during World War II as Oak Ridge, TN. People had first begun to settle in the area – which lies less than 30 miles west of Knoxville – in the late 1700s. And as the 19th century progressed, multiple farms sprang up around the rural region.
Meanwhile, at around the turn of the 20th century, the area was home to an individual named John Hendrix. An eccentric character, he would apparently hear voices and even claimed to have experienced visions. His most infamous prophecy, however, involved Oak Ridge itself. And the fate that he saw for the city was spookily close to what would actually become of the place during World War II.