Damning  Old Eddyville

Damming Old Eddyville

In this amazing scene, workers convert Old Eddyville’s original timber dam with a movable crest (wicket) dam on the Cumberland River in 1934. The Kentucky State Penitentiary looms in the distance, like some disembodied medieval specter. Christened Lock and Dam “F” by the Corps of Engineers, this navigation system managed river traffic at Old Eddyville for four decades before Barkley Dam became operational in 1966. Recent sonar footage recorded by this author suggests that Lock and Dam “F” remains fully intact to this day, 40 feet below Lake Barkley’s surface.

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