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Norris Dam

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“571:-T. V. A. Proposed Norris Dam and Lake on Clinch River, Tennessee”
This is an Asheville Post Card issue that was developed from a TVA pre-construction drawing of Norris Dam.  Norris was built between 1933 and 1936.  If you go to Google Earth and enter “Norris Dam” you’ll see that the finished dam looks pretty much like this.  Not bad for nearly 80 years.
However, this is what makes this card interesting:
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This is an RPO, a railroad post office, processed card.  In the round postmark: CIN. & CHAT. TR 43 APR 23 1935
In the blue inscription:
T. V. A. NORRIS DAM AND LAKE ON CLINCH RIVER
The proposed Norris Dam project is being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (T.V.A.) and is to be the center of the power development of the South by the U.S.  It is located on Clinch River in Tennessee, just below the point where Cove Creek joins, therefore was originally known as Cove Creek Dam.  The dam proper of reinforced concrete will be almost 250 ft. high and 1800 ft. wide.  The estimated cost is thirty-five million dollars and will take approximately three years to complete it.  The lake will flood around 80 sq. miles of land and will have a shore line of over 800 miles.

In the message area:

6:00 P.M.
Danville KY
Still going strong.  Bill

Addressed to:

Ota Looney
Route 9
Greeneville Tenn

Apparently, Asheville Post Card Company’s slogan in the 30s was “In the Heart of the Blue Ridge”.  It’s in the blue circle to bottom left.
The blue circle on the right is a union designator, I think.  I dislike being vague, but I can’t tie this down to any specific thing…in the past, I’ve seen symbols in this area that clearly were union originated.

 

Pinnacle State Natural Area

These were taken in 2008.  We are near Lebanon VA.  This is Pinnacle State Natural Area Preserve, along Big Cedar Creek just before it spills into the Clinch River.  Near the confluence was one of the biggest trash gyres I’ve seen so far.  Boy, the crap people throw in the creeks and rivers is disgusting.
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This is Pinnacle Rock.  One site says it’s 400′ tall, another says it’s 600′.  Either way, it’s fairly tall.  It’s at 36.960942, -82.049670.

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These are the falls on Big Cedar Creek.

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This the Clinch River.  We were in the middle of a drought at the time but, even so, my late big brother, who was an outdoor writer and was familiar with many creeks and rivers in this area, said the Clinch was “pretty narrow” anyway.

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