|Fort Loudoun Dam History|
Located in Lenoir, Tennessee, Fort Loudoun Dam draws about two million tourists annually. Its picturesque setting and interesting history add to the draw of the dam and Fort Loudoun Lake. Lets take a look at the history behind Fort Loudoun Dam and then at some of its impressive features.
Dam plans were drafted in the late 1930s. A series of nine dams were to be built on the Tennessee River. Fort Loudoun dam is the uppermost of the nine dams on the Tennessee River. The dam was part of a plan to provide flood control to the Tennessee Valley. Along with protection from flooding, it would aid in carrying electricity to Valley residents. The dam's lock was designed by the Army Corps of Engineers. This was completed in June 1943. As per the plan, Fort Loudoun Dam was to be completed in 1944. The onset of World War II, propelled those plans into overdrive. As the war provided more funding and a sense of urgency, the project was completed ahead of schedule, 1943 to be exact. The first of the generators went online on November 9, 1943. The second followed in January of 1944. The name Fort Loudoun was borrowed from an 18th century British colonial fort. The fort was erected during the French and Indian war, and it is located about 10 miles south of Fort Loudoun Dam. Its history is well documented, and a nearby museum offers visitors an in depth look at the story behind the dam and of the area before the dam was built.