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Friday, June 14, 2013

Ocoee Dam No. 1

Ocoee Dam No. 1

Ocoee Dam No.1 is located a few miles downstream from the famous Ocoee River whitewater rafting area, and this overlook is provided next to a small turnoff along US64/74. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the marker:

Park's Mill occupied the site of Ocoee No.1 from the mid 19th century until 1910 when the Tennessee Electric Power Company acquired the site for construction of a hydro plant.

Ocoee No. 1, Tennessee's first large hydroelectric plant, was the result of efforts by a small group of visionaries who saw the benefits of electric power to the manufacturing industries of the south.

Built in just 18 months, in 1912 Ocoee No. 1 began providing electricity for Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In 1939, TVA acquired both Ocoee No.1 and No.2 and electricity generated at the Ocoee plants became part of TVA's growing network of power plants in the Tennessee Valley.

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