Near Many in Sabine Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The History of Toledo Bend
In 1955, the seeds of Toledo Bend as we enjoy it today were sown by both Authorities cooperating under a memorandum of agreement. Studies were undertaken and the results clearly indicated the feasibility of such a project.
Toledo Bend is the largest man-made body of water in the South, and the fifth largest in the surface acres in the United States. From the dam site, the reservoir extends 65 miles upriver to Logansport, Louisiana, and inundates land in Sabine, Shelby, Panola and DeSoto Parishes in Louisiana. It was constructed for the purposes of water supply, hydro-electric power generation, and recreation. In all, the lake normally covers an area of 185,000 acres.
The construction cost of about $70 million was shared equally by
Land acquisition began in 1963, with construction of the dam, power plant and spillway the next year. Following completion of the structures, the power plant began operation in early 1969. Toledo Bend Reservoir is the only public water conservation and hydroelectric project in the nation to be undertaken without federal participation in its permanent financing.
Erected by Sabine River Authority.
Location. 31° 29.298′ N, 93° 42.478′ W. Marker is near Many, Louisiana, in Sabine Parish. Marker is on Texas Highway (State Highway 6) 0.2 miles west of Bridgebay Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15091 Texas Hwy, Many LA 71449, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pendleton Crossing (about 600 feet away, El Camino Real (about 600 feet away); Gaines Memorial Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away in Texas); Site of Historic Crossing on the Sabine River (approx. 3.3 miles away in Texas); Site of Sabine River Crossing (approx. 3.3 miles away in Texas); Texas Louisiana Boundary (approx. 3.3 miles away in Texas); Kings Highway (approx. 5 miles away in Texas); John C. Hale (approx. 9 miles away in Texas). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Many.
Also see . . . Toledo Bend Reservoir. (Submitted on August 3, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.