Here are all of our photos from our visit to Fontana Dam: #ngg-gallery-3932 .ngg-pro-masonry-item { The Dam also provided power for a nearby government Nuclear research facility. The Dam was finished on November 11, 1944 at a cost of $70,420,688.48. By the mid-1930s, Alcoa had purchased the land that is now the Dam site. In fact, people hiking the AT often call the Visitor’s Center the “Fontana Hilton”. Surrounded by extraordinary views of the Smoky Mountains, national forests, and deep river gorges, Fontana is one of the most beautiful dams in the world. The History of Fontana Dam Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam located on the Little Tennessee River in Swain and Graham counties, in Western North Carolina. 0000004275 00000 n Judson had a population of around 600 people with a simple array of shops in town, including a sawmill and a post office. The Dam measures 480 feet tall. Construction began January 1, 1942. Get the monthly weather forecast for Fontana Dam, NC, including daily high/low, historical averages, to help you plan ahead. The building of the Dam, also required the purchase of 68,292 acres of land behind and around it. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from May through October except for major holidays. Division of Archives and History 2001" "Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina. My grandfather built Fontana Dam so learning more about its history was very interesting. Note the maintenance access stairs. Thank you for reporting this station. At 480 feet tallest dam in eastern U.S. One mile north. h�b``�b``5a`e`l�fa@ 6 �X��,݀��/���P'G���/�`nhF�J� +nނX -Ċ`#a��N5(}`���� t``?��°��7�i����V�r�{�0�a�h��`4�rj`�a�k��s7��fi� FS]�[xx��4܅����4#�0 ��%� endstream endobj 174 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/Index[18 123]/Length 27/Size 141/Type/XRef/W[1 1 1]>>stream 652 Fontana Hts , Fontana Dam, NC 28733 is currently not for sale. Today, Fontana Dam provides a tremendous amount of necessary power but with an overlying negative stigma with an entire town lurking beneath the surface of the Reservoir. Guests who stay at Fontana Village Resort see the world differently because they find inspiration in unexpected places. ft. single-family home is a 2 bed, 3.0 bath property. In fact, the Appalachian Trail crosses Fontana Lake here, and the trail leads across the Dam. 0000000016 00000 n The Appalachian Trail, which extends from Georgia to Maine, crosses Fontana Dam. Classified. It's claimed that the entirety of Fontana Lake and surrounding area is almost its very own ghost town. But already the fourth Fontana had sprung up across the river in a historic and picturesque spot, rimmed with mountains, called Welch Cove. submerged when the dammed water level rose. The dining hall is now a cafeteria and the commissary is now the village store. It's located on the Little Tennessee River. View 19 photos of this 2 bed, 3 bath, 1291 sqft. At the end of the road and short picnic area is a great view of the Dam itself (the lead photo of this article), and this plaque: We later learned that access is the bottom of the Dam is via a different road on the other side of Fontana Village Resort. 0000007810 00000 n The Visitors Center also has restrooms, and much to the joy of Appalachian Trail (AT) hikers, hot showers. The dam was built not only to provide power for the war effort at the Oakridge Nuclear Facility in Oakridge, TN but also to alleviate seasonal flooding in the Tennessee River Valley. 0000000996 00000 n Local Fontana Village was one of the largest cities in North Carolina at the time, exceeding Asheville in population during the Dam’s construction. The Visitors Center includes some really nice overlook areas for viewing the Dam from the top, and also includes a gift shop, and an upper deck that provides a higher view of the Dam itself. Tennessee Valley Authority Fontana Dam. Fontana Dam, the largest dam of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) system, is located on the Little Tennessee River in Graham County.Completed in 1945, it is a gravity-type concrete structure 480 feet high, 2,365 feet long, and 376 feet thick at its base. Copyright © 2013 - 2020 by Blue Ridge Mountain Life. 0000018661 00000 n I consider it one of the best history books I've read on any subject. 0000019089 00000 n 0000003066 00000 n Fontana Dam is the highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains at 480 feet tall and 2,365 feet across. As you turn onto the Entrance Road, you’ll see a small road go off to the right, that leads you to the Fontana Marina. Births Opinion Obituaries Arrest Report This Week in History. 0000042893 00000 n The stairs will take up you to the top of the Dam, and also to the two lane road that crosses the top of the Fontana Dam. We will review the data in question. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority,which built the dam in the early 1940s to serve the growing electricity demands in the Tennessee Valley at the height of World War II. 0000019671 00000 n Construction of the Dam required more than 2,818,000 square yards of concrete. Camp at Fontana Dam Campground (at the base of the dam), drive to the visitor center and learn about the project then cross the dam (you'll be on the AT as it crosses the dam … Walk or drive across the dam and learn about the construction during the 1940s in the Tennessee Valley Authority Visitor Center. And the mountain scenery is really lovely. 0000008191 00000 n At the time of its creation, it was the fourth highest dam in the world and today, is the highest dam in the eastern United States. Make sure you read the history below to learn more about the purpose of building Fontana Dam, it was pretty critical to World War II ! trailer <<81A3916B66EB4187AF2C049BEC94B1C4>]/Prev 886652/XRefStm 1273>> startxref 0 %%EOF 175 0 obj <>stream h�bb�e`b``Ń3Υ�� �g endstream endobj 142 0 obj <>/Metadata 16 0 R/Pages 15 0 R/StructTreeRoot 18 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 143 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC/ImageI]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 288.0 648.0]/Type/Page>> endobj 144 0 obj <> endobj 145 0 obj <> endobj 146 0 obj <>stream Picnic shelters that may be reserved by the public for a small fee by calling 319-636-2617. }. Views from the wat… Fontana Village was originally built as a town for the workers and their families who came to construct the Fontana Dam. It's a nice area to walk around, including over the full length of the dam. We walked about half way across, just to see the view. 141 35 Blue Ridge Mountain Life is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As you arrive at the Dam, you’ll want to turn left just prior to enter the Visitors Center. Source: US National Archives As a result, local camps sprung up and the nearby small towns were overwhelmed with people. Fontana Marina, Fontana Dam: Address, Phone Number, Fontana Marina Reviews: 4.5/5. Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam located on the Little Tennessee River in Swain and Graham counties, in Western North arolina. Fontana Reservoir provides 238 miles of shoreline and 10,230 acres of water surface for recreational activities. 0000473894 00000 n Fontana Lake offers boating and fishing and access to remote, historic areas of the park like Hazel Creek and Eagle Creek. Fontana Lake was formed between 1942 and 1945 when the Little Tennessee River was impounded by the formation and construction of the Dam. To give you some perspective, that is about the height of a 50 story sky scrapper. Looking over the edge at the massive tunnels is pretty breathtaking … they’re deep and run the entire length down to the base. 0000043202 00000 n 3807 Fontana Rd, Fontana Dam, NC 28733 is a lot/land. margin-bottom: 10px; 0000004439 00000 n H�\�͊�0��~ Discharges are in cubic feet per second and are reported at the end of the hour. The 1,291 sq. PS: the hiker showers at the Visitor Center were originally constructed as the ‘Colored’ restrooms. The town is based around the village built to support the dam construction from 1942-1944, so that the dam could produce electricity to power the ALCOA (Aluminum Company Of America) in nearby Alcoa, Tennessee which is south of Knoxville, Tennessee. Fontana Dam is a very popular attraction, located near Bryson City in Western North Carolina. Directions:Follow U.S. 74 west from Bryson City. 0000052288 00000 n The road will curve around and climb up a little, and take you to the entrance area for a very nice lakeside picnic area with restrooms. The TVA didn’t have the funds, until the outbreak of World War II in 1941. A new highway was constructed on the southern edge of the lake and designated as a continuance of NC 28 all the way to US 129 near the Tennessee border. So they developed the duel 34 foot diameter spillways to take water down and away from the Dam’s foundation. 0000001273 00000 n facebook twitter instagram. 0000005074 00000 n Legals. I moved into the Fontana area in 2002 shortly after this book was published and it helped me appreciate in a non judgemental way the challenges of the political, economic and environmental impact that logging and the creation of Fontana Dam had on this region. single family home located at 652 Fontana Hts, Fontana Dam, NC, 28733 on sale now for $262500. 0000021163 00000 n Regional Sports. About Us Contact Archive. Beneath the lake rests the remains of the once-bustling town of Judson. This of course is the beginnings of the Road To Nowhere story. There really isn’t much after you pass Bryson City – Remember, the lake and dam is in the remote mountains. Most of the older photographs are from TVA files. Fontana Lake was formed between 1942 and 1945 when the Little Tennessee River was impounded by the formation and construction of the Dam. The company was producing aluminum to make military aircraft in the War. January 20, 1945 the Dam began generating it’s first power, just in time to provide the much needed aluminum required to help end the war. It can be enclosed during inclement weather. Fontana Dam was featured in the 2015 Movie, A Walk in the Woods. After the construction of Fontana Dam in the mid-1940s NC 288 was submerged under the newly formed Fontana Lake. Completed in 1944 at a cost of over $70 million, the dam is 480 feet tall and almost ½ mile wide at its crest. 0000017917 00000 n We walked back to our car, and drove across the Dam, which was really neat, but honestly a little scary … that is a long way down! 0000474442 00000 n Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Guide, https://www.pinterest.com/brmountainlife/pins/. With 360 degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains, Fontana Lake is the largest lake in Western North Carolina with the tallest dam east of the Rockies. 0000003675 00000 n From I-40, take the Waynesville, NC exit for Highway 74 (call the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway). Town of Fontana Dam Council Meeting: Dec. 21, 2020. Well worth your time to trek out to Graham County, which has two other notable dams including one near Fontana. 0000019375 00000 n (And of course there is the whole “Road to Nowhere” story you’ll want to check out about the lost cemeteries.) Looking over the edge, here’s what you’ll see: At the base of the Dam, the water flows through and turns turbines that power generators that create electricity. A visitor center operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is open from early May until late October. Report Station. Fontana Dam is a TVA run hydroelectric facility. The center is staffed by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) retirees. 0000008374 00000 n In 1910, ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America) began looking looking at the Little Tennessee River as a possible source of power for it’s aluminum production plant located in nearby Alcoa, Tennessee. Fontana Dam, NC Weather History star_ratehome. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s to serve the growing electricity demands in … 0000002611 00000 n One note, if you need food, water or gas, get it in Bryson City. The dam is 480 feet tall with over 10000 acres of water contained in Fontana Lake. There are signs to follow that will lead you there from the resort. *Elevations are in feet above sea level. Continue going straight to reach the Dam. %PDF-1.4 %���� These very long and wide tunnels were used to divert the Little Tennessee River during construction, but now serve to handle any excess water in Fontana Lake. In other words, it's approximately as tall as a 44-story building and as long as eight football fields. While rare, the TVA does open the gates, and allow water to “spill” down the massive concrete tunnels, where it sprays out into the river below the power plant. Construction of Fontana Dam began in 1942 and was completed in 1944. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The spillway also presented another challenge, as the 400 foot drop for the water from the Lake would eventually undermine the Dam’s foundation. The Fontana Dam was built during WWII to control flooding in the area and to power Alcoa’s aluminum production. 0000043537 00000 n We thought we could get to the bottom of the Fontana Dam by crossing over it and taking the road to the left down. Fontana Dam is the highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains at 480 feet tall and 2,365 feet across. The MLS # for this home is MLS# 26016605. As you climb the stairs, you’ll see this view of the Dam to your left. As a result, 1,311 families, 1,047 graves, and more than 60 miles of roads had to be relocated. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to better gain understanding of how the TVA Dam … View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. Just a little further down the entrance road, you’ll reach the Dam itself. To the left is the Visitors Center and parking. This was a completely new and modern town hastily planned and equipped, to house the builders of Fontana Dam. Fontana Village was originally built as a town for the workers and their families who came from all around the country to construct the Tennessee Valley Authority Fontana Dam. There are hiker’s shower also in the picnic area in case the Dam is closed when the USA goes to Orange Alert LOL. The old lodge was once a hospital a… The dam is 480 feet high and stretches 2,365 feet across the Little Tennessee River. From mountain biking and hiking trails, to time spent out on the lake, our adventures and activities are united not by what makes them the same, … The six-story powerhouse of reinforced concrete with glass walls is located at the base of the dam. The Dam is so large, that there is a two way road across the top, and yes you can drive over it to the other side. Construction began in 1942.. g��jM�2��?lv����ac�9��W� Lake excursions are available, with knowledgable guides relating the history of the region and the dam. Several marinas service the lake, including Fontana Marina, the nearest to the dam itself, which offers watercraft and equipment rentals including pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. In the early 1940s, Fontana Dam was created to meet the increasing electricity demands during WWII. 0000001609 00000 n Fontana Dam is a very popular attraction, located near Bryson City in Western North Carolina. 0000005498 00000 n The TVA built the Dam. But learned that the road only leads a very nice picnic area. The Fontana Mill Shelter House was built on the foundation of the old mill and overlooks the Fontana Lake and the dam. The dam was built to provide power for the war effort at the Oakridge, TN Nuclear Facility and to alleviate seasonal … Notes: Water release schedules are updated periodically throughout the day. Advertise Subscribe. Gorgeous Fontana Lake is the largest lake in Western North Carolina, surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. Construction of the dam began in 1942 and was completed in 1944. This property is currently available for sale and was listed by Carolina Smokies MLS on Aug 11, 2020. The asking price for 3807 Fontana Rd is $29,900. I love the Appalachian Mountains and have traveled throughout the Tennessee River Valley. The Fontana Hilton is actually the hiker’s sleeping shelter at the end of the picnic area on the right as you drive up to the Visitor’s Center. ENTIRE towns were displaced i.e. At 480 ft, the equivalent of a 50-story skyscraper, it is the highest dam in TVA and the tallest dam east of the Rockies. Follow Highway 28 which provides multiple lake access spots, and pull overs for taking photos. 0000012818 00000 n Fontana Village is now Fontana Village Retreat, a really nice mountain resort. The Dam is fully operational and generates power. This facility played a key role in the creation of the nuclear bombs used at the end of the war. WWII required massive increases in the production of Aluminum, thus the TVA got the funding it needed to construct the Dam. 3�ǥȪ�T��o����/&�1��!,�����mn�9�s?dee��]���^�)��������~8�Y]��g��.��. Just interesting trivia. If you walk towards the Dam from the Visitors Center, you’ll reach the two spillways. 0000001450 00000 n 45 F McGhee Tyson Airport Station | Report. 0000004551 00000 n 0000021831 00000 n … Tags. Fontana Dam is located near Fontana Village, North Carolina. Video Embed. Fontana workers set a national record by placing 11,419 cubic yards of concrete in 24 hours. The cottages now rented out for visitors were employee houses. 0000004188 00000 n Learn about the copper, gold, plants, moonshine, dam, settlers & various characters that affected this area. "Q 53 Fontana Dam - Constructed, 1942-1944, by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The dam has pretty darn amazing history & still today affects the entire area. The story of the dam's construction to aid the World War II effort and as a post-Depression project is truly remarkable. 0000021472 00000 n Fontana Dam is amazing site to see, as it’s a massive concrete structure, that is frankly an engineering marvel. At 25 miles, the road will end in a T.  Go right to Fontana Dam, and left to Fontana Village Resort. 0000008747 00000 n Due to the size and amount of concrete, special expansion joints had to be created that contained cooling units. 0000004325 00000 n The council discusses staffing issues at the town’s water plant. The Dam also provided work for many people in the area. Place a classified. The TVA was concerned about flooding that the Little Tennessee River was causing, and ALCOA needed power from the river, and ALCOA assumed control of the project, but wanted the TVA to build the Dam. The Visitors Center contains information about the history of the Dam, including how it was constructed and how it operates. The views here are incredible, so make sure you take some photos. The 480-ft. tall Fontana Dam is the highest dam east of the Rockies (the equivalent of a 50-story skyscraper). Yes, you can drive across it if you want. 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