A History of Weiss Lake

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Until the late 1950s, the major body of water for residents of northeast Alabama was the Coosa River, which wove prominently through the rural landscape of the region. When Alabama Power Company decided to dam the river in order to build a thirty-thousand-acre reservoir, locals were divided about whether to welcome the hydroelectricity and potential prosperity or resist losing their land and proud agrarian heritage. Three years and millions of cubic yards of earth later, Weiss Lake emerged to alter Cherokee County history permanently. Post editor and county native Scott Wright presents a captivating collection of personal recollections and historical vignettes to illustrate the magnitude of the lake's influence in shaping the future of the area--and damming its past.
ISBN: 9781596295605
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Alabama
Images: 62
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Scott Wright graduated from the University of Alabama in 1993. He is the managing editor of the Post, a weekly newspaper in Centre, Alabama. He is the author of A History of Weiss Lake, also from The History Press. To contact Scott, please send an email to swright@postpaper.com.
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