Underwater highway

These images come from old US25E between Morristown and Newport, Tennessee, along the French Broad River at a place called Dutch Bottoms. The construction of Douglas Dam flooded the bottoms in the 1940s, and this stretch of the highway went underwater. I remember seeing glimpses of it, and the silos from the farms that once filled the rich bottom land, as a child — sometimes more of it, sometimes less, depending on the water level. Recently, the water was lower than I’ve ever seen it, and I was able to walk out onto a highway that’s been underwater for most of 70 years.

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