Lake Martin: Alabama's Crown Jewel

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Shaped like a dragon protecting its territory, Lake Martin has witnessed droughts, tornadoes, fishing tournaments, boat races, and even World War II aircraft crashes. Through many decades, this symbol of sustenance has enticed generations of residents, vacationers, and modern retirees to its welcoming shores. Surrounded by its own unique history, Lake Martin also reflects the dynamic personalities of those who sacrificed childhood homes and family land to bring dreams of a prosperous future to fruition. Before the Tallapoosa River was dammed to feed Lake Martin's waters, it was an ideal environment for the Native Americans who resided on land now submerged. The land's history is rife with discord as British soldiers and Georgia Rangers resisted French spies in the early 1700s and migrant settlers defended their homefront during the Civil War. The Martin Dam became a state landmark by 1927, generating hydroelectric power while memorializing the 31-mile-long lake as the world's largest man-made body of water at the time. It was not long before Lake Martin evolved into a community enjoying unparalleled growth as a vacation site and permanent home for Americans who discovered the satisfaction lakeside living could provide. Lake Martin: Alabama's Crown Jewel chronicles the trials and triumphs of the people who created one of today's leading retirement communities through courageous choices and determination. The story is told through compelling narrative and evocative images, many of which have not been widely published.
ISBN: 9780738523903
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Alabama
Series: Making of America
Images: 200
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Local historian and writer Elizabeth D. Schafer takes readers on an exploration of the people and places that define this vibrant area. Lake Martin: Alabama's Crown Jewel weaves its tales in such a way that readers cannot help but be enamored of the pristine Lake Martin and its surrounding towns. Schafer has compiled a fresh historical account that pays tribute to the indomitable spirit and strength of the people who tamed this rugged land and fashioned a landscape unlike any other.
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