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Author: Not enough pages to tell full story of lake
By Joe Marusak   - 06/22/2008

The Charlotte Observer

Cindy Jacobs remembers when Lake Norman was so isolated it lacked streets and homes.

“You were in the country,” she said of Lake Norman in the early '60s. “Big-time country.”

Jacobs brings us back to when the lake was in its infancy, and to before there was a lake, in her new historical book, “Around Lake Norman.”

The 127-page Arcadia Publishing book ($19.99) will be available Monday on amazon.com and at various Lake Norman area retailers. It includes 205 historical photos.

Jacobs, 58, is a Mooresville native and historian who as a teen spent weekends at lake houses with friends and family, “although you didn't always want to go, because the action was here in town,” she said in an interview last week at the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.

Her book details the industrial titans who made the lake possible and also homes in on folks who to this day make the lake what it is.

They include Bob and Louise Cashion. The owners of the longtime Cashion's convenience store in Cornelius traveled by boat from their south Iredell home to the store.

“They were the first Lake Norman commuters, not the commuters we think of today,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs said because of where she was born and raised, “Around Lake Norman” has a decidedly Port City bent, as Mooresville called itself back then. Mooresville claimed the title because it was the closest town to the lake, i.e., Reeds Creek where it passes under U.S. 21.

Although her book touches on all parts of the lake, Jacobs plans future books that look at the northern, western and southern parts of the lake in more detail.

“I didn't have enough pages, to be honest with you,” she said.

Arcadia also published her first historical book, “Mooresville,” in 2007.

Jacobs, a founder of Lake Norman Magazine, said she hopes “Around Lake Norman” gives residents an appreciation of what came before them.

“The ‘before' is why there is a ‘now',” she said. “I think it's important to know there was a before-Interstate 77 and there was a before-Lake Norman.”





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