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Douglas lake Douglas dam

Douglas Lake, also called Douglas Reservoir, is a reservoir created by an impoundment of the French Broad River in Eastern Tennessee. This lake is located only a few miles from the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area, and also the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Douglas Dam was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority at a record pace from February 2, 1942, through February 19, 1943, to provide hydroelectric power and to control flooding downstream in the Tennessee River Valley.

Douglas Dam is located just over 32 miles (51 km) upstream from the French Broad River's confluence with the Holston River in Knoxville, to form the Tennessee River. The Douglas Lake reservoir inundates about a 40-mile (64 km) stretch of the French Broad River between the Douglas Dam and the Irish Bottoms area near Newport. Small portions of the Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are also impounded by the lake.

The resort town of Baneberry is located on the northern shores of the lake in Jefferson County. Dandridge, the county seat of Jefferson County, is located mostly on the northern shores with a small portion on the southern. Parts of downtown Dandridge are located below the lake's operating levels, and are protected by an earthen dam.

The lake and dam were named for Douglas Bluff, a cliff overlooking the dam site prior to construction.

See also:
• The Douglas family in Tennessee

Research notes:
"William and Alice Douglas's homestead is under that dam".  It could be that the Bluff was named after him, or one of his ancestors.

William Leonard Douglas, son of George Washington Douglas and Nancy Lay, was born on 20 Oct 1858 in Elk Valley, Campbell, Tennessee, USA. He died on 17 Jul 1917 in Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee,
He married (1) Jane Wyatt on 01 May 1881 in Campbell, Tennessee, USA. She was born on 21 Jun 1863 in Whitley, Kentucky, USA. She died on 05 Jul 1940 in Clinton, Anderson, Tennessee, USA.
He married (2) Alice Lydia Bruce Aallen on 25 Jan 1906 in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, USA. She was born on 26 Nov 1883 in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, USA. She died on 28 Dec 1964 in Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, USA.

He was a descendant of William Douglas who was born in 1657 in Scotland. He was the first of his line to emigrate to America. He married Ann (Unknown) in 1685. She was born in 1657 in Scotland. He died on 02 Sep 1705 in Cecil, Maryland, USA.


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