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Fontana Village in Graham County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fontana Dam:

Powering A Nation to Victory

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
1. Fontana Dam Marker
Inscription.  When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt knew he needed to act fast. In order to win WWII, the U.S. would need tens of thousands of new fighter planes and immense amounts of electrical power to build them But where would that power come from?

the President looked to TVA, and the undeveloped farming community of Fontana, NC, to answer the call. Here, along the Little Tennessee River, TVA wold be tasked with building a hydroelectric dam—one that could generate enough power for a nearby manufacturer to produce the metal for the much-needed planes.

Construction of Fontana Dam began in January 1942, with thousands of workers from around the country joining the effort. A new town, complete with schools, a hospital, new roads ad railways, was also built to accommodate their families—and just three years later, the dam itself was complete. Over the next 6 months, it provided enough electricity to build 50,000 aircraft and help the U.S. win the war.
 
Erected by Tennessee Valley Authority.
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
2. Fontana Dam Marker
ArchitectureWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 35° 27.105′ N, 83° 48.122′ W. Marker is in Fontana Village, North Carolina, in Graham County. Marker is on Fontana Dam Road 1.3 miles north of Fontana Road (State Highway 28), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fontana Dam NC 28733, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Appalachian Trail (here, next to this marker); Fontana's First Stewards: (within shouting distance of this marker); Fontana Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Fontana Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Appalachian Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fontana Dam (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War in Graham County (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fontana Village.
 
Also see . . .  Fontana. Tennessee Valley Authority (Submitted on September 12, 2020.) 
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
3. Fontana Dam Marker
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
4. Fontana Dam
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
5. Fontana Dam
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
6. Fontana Dam Spillway
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
7. Fontana Dam
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
8. Fontana Dam Spillway Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   6, 7, 8. submitted on September 29, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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