Apalachia Dam – Murphy NC

City:
Murphy, NC

Site Type:
Infrastructure and Utilities, Dams

New Deal Agencies:
Conservation and Public Lands, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Started:
1941

Completed:
1943

Quality of Information:
Moderate

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

Apalachia Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Hiwassee River in Cherokee County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The dam is the lowermost of three dams on the river owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s to provide emergency power for aluminum production during World War II. While the dam is in North Carolina, an 8.3-mile (13.4 km) underground conduit carries water from the dam’s reservoir to the powerhouse located 12 miles (19 km) downstream across the state line in Polk County, Tennessee.”   (wikipedia)

Location Info


Murphy, NC

Coordinates: 35.167778, -84.295556

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One comment on “Apalachia Dam – Murphy NC

  1. bart ferguson

    Why did TVA use 8 miles of underground conduit instead of allowing flow from the dam, like other dams?

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    Why did TVA use 8 miles of underground conduit instead of allowing flow from the dam, like other dams?

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