The Lost Town of Danville

@clrumfelt (4499)
United States
July 7, 2009 4:36pm CST
There is a town under water close to where I live. The town is Danville, TN, and it was flooded in 1941 when TVA was getting started with hydro-electric power. I have looked everywhere online for photos of old Danville, but all I can find are photos of "modern" Danville, which includes a boatramp, docks an old railroad bridge and an old grain elevator. If anyone knows how to track down this info online, I'd like to have some pictures. Otherwise I will try to contact some of the old timers who lived there as children.
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@dogsnme (1239)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Hi clrumfelt. I'm a fellow Tennesseean as well. I'd never heard of Danville but the story is interesting. If you can't find any pictures on the net the only thing I can think of is either checking for archived photos either in Nashville or the home county of Danville. And I don't know who you would need to talk to about that either. Sorry. Guess that's part of the fun of research. Good luck.
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@clrumfelt (4499)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Thanks for the suggestions. See the links in the above post for information about Danville. I plan to research some more at my local library.
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@ElicBxn (58575)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Honestly, while I had heard some about the TVA, I never paid much attention to it/them until my sister moved to Tenn. Then I still didn't pay much attention to it, but I read a really fun book called Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb. I know this doesn't help, but might get you to read her book (that has something to do about a TVA lake and a murder mystery.)
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@clrumfelt (4499)
• United States
8 Jul 09
The book sounds interesting. Thanks for your comments.
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@clrumfelt (4499)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Danville is one little town that seems to have nearly vanished from TN History. I have been told a few things by people whose families had lived there. My husband's mom lived there as a child(she is deceased) but I've been able to locate no pictures of the town that was there. Here are a couple of newspaper articles posted on the internet that have given me some information. http://www.tngennet.org/benton/bentonhistory68.html http://www.tngennet.org/benton/bentonhistory69.html
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@ElicBxn (58575)
• United States
7 Aug 09
That's cool info! thanks!
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• Jackson, Tennessee
26 Jul 13
I know I stumbled on this years after it was posted but this may help, I'm from Houston co, and have looked for pics of Danville I found these recently They are of Danville and faxon, you may find them interesting.
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