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Around Lake Cumberland, Kentucky (Images of America Series)

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Lake Cumberland is a premier vacation destination for millions of people each year. With its 1,255 miles of federally protected shoreline, an average depth of 90 feet, and a surface area of more than 60,000 acres, Lake Cumberland is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, yet visitors may not realize the storied history that lies beneath the deep water. Before Lake Cumberland became a recreational paradise, the wild and wondrous Cumberland River ruled the land. Although plagued by spring floods, ...
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Lake Cumberland is a premier vacation destination for millions of people each year. With its 1,255 miles of federally protected shoreline, an average depth of 90 feet, and a surface area of more than 60,000 acres, Lake Cumberland is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, yet visitors may not realize the storied history that lies beneath the deep water. Before Lake Cumberland became a recreational paradise, the wild and wondrous Cumberland River ruled the land. Although plagued by spring floods, towns and communities prospered along her banks. In an effort to control the Cumberland River and reduce flooding, Wolf Creek Dam was constructed following the Flood Control Act of 1938. With the dam in place, Lake Cumberland began filling in 1951. The dam offered protection to South Central Kentucky, but it drowned or forever changed many thriving towns and communities. Images of America: Around Lake Cumberland shows what life was like along the banks of the Cumberland River before Lake Cumberland was born.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738568195
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/10/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 251,242
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Authors Kris Applegate and Jarenda Miller are members of the Pulaski County Historical Society and natives of Pulaski County. They share a love of history and of preserving the past for future generations.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Life along the Cumberland 9

2 Working near the Cumberland 27

3 Transportation on the Cumberland 37

4 Booming Burnside 59

5 Building Wolf Creek Dam 81

6 Ill Effects of Wolf Creek Dam 93

7 Lake Cumberland Is Born 103

8 The Future of Lake Cumberland 119

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