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Dandridge in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Dike That Saved Dandridge

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 29, 2013
1. The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker
Inscription. A portion of the town of Dandridge would have been flooded by the waters of Douglas Lake if the Tennessee Valley Authority had not built a dike. The top of the dike is an elevation of 1009 feet, seven feet above the dam's crest gates. All of the business district, the Jefferson County Courthouse, county jail, and approximately 1000 feet of Highway 92 would have been below the maximum water level of the reservoir.

Dandridge was the center of opposition to the Douglas Dam due to the loss of over 60,000 acres of fertile agricultural land. The Douglas Reservoir was critical to providing the power needed for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. Begun in 1942, construction on the Douglas Project was completed within 382 days to capture the 1943 winter rains and to produce the needed hydroelectric power.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1C 90.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 36° 0.927′ N, 83° 24.832′ W. Marker is in Dandridge, Tennessee, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East Main Street east of Chestnut Hill Road (a.k.a.: Gay Street), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
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By Don Morfe, July 29, 2013
2. The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 East Main Street, Dandridge TN 37725, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Attack on Dandridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. C. Turnley's Mill Place Grindstone (about 500 feet away); Battle of Dandridge (about 500 feet away); Dandridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 2 miles away); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dandridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Douglas Dam. (Submitted on June 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Douglas. Tennessee Valley Authority website (Submitted on June 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, January 9, 2015
3. The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker reverse
The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, January 9, 2015
4. The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker
The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 1, 2018
5. The Dike That Saved Dandridge Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on January 9, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on January 9, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   5. submitted on June 19, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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