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Nolichucky Dam Today

Taken 9/2/17.  It was overcast and drizzling, but the water coming down the front of the dam looked like snow.  I took this picture from the middle of the 2005 bridge.  The earlier bridge, built in 1937, about 10 years before this dam was constructed, was named in honor of  Oscar Byrd Lovette – lawyer, Republican, banker – who defeated Carroll Reece in 1930 for the 1st District seat in the U. S. Congress.  Reece came back to defeat Lovette in 1933.
The place where the earlier picture was taken is no longer accessible.

Nolichucky Dam

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Nolichucky Dam, Greene County TN. I found this in a plastic bag of old photos I picked up at an antique store.  This is a small picture: the picture itself (without the margins) is just 3″ x 2″.

A very similar picture is shown on the Tennessee Archives website.  That picture is dated to 1946.  This would have been shortly after TVA acquired the dam, which began operating in 1913.  In 1972, after too much sediment built up in Davy Crockett Lake to allow electrical generation, TVA shut the dam down and removed the equipment.

I read that there have been attempts to convert the dam into some sort of tourist attraction, but, to date, TVA is not amused.

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