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Nolichucky Dam


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.

Watauga Steam Plant

(Many thanks to Pat Bernard Ezzell, Senior Program Manager, Tribal Relations and Corporate History, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, for extremely valuable information on this steam plant)

This steam plant was constructed in 1921 by the Tennessee Eastern Electric Company (later East Tennessee Light & Power Company).  The plant was acquired in 1940 by TVA (which took over the whole company in 1945) and retired in 1960.  It once had a railroad spur line to bring in coal, but all that’s gone now (the concrete supports are mostly there).  In fact, the thing that caught my attention about it in the first place was the smoke stack.  It looks like someone has been chewing on it.   My buddy checked the topo and found it belonged to the Watauga Steam Plant.  We decided to check it out.  It’s heavily overgrown and has been vandalized, big surprise.  But it’s still impressive for the length of time it’s been inactive.

Here’s the long shot of the deteriorating stack:



This is the best shot I could get of the exterior:

These are interior shots:


An overhead crane still sits in place above the second floor:

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