Tillis Secures Full Reimbursement of $35.2 Million Owed to Swain County In the early 1940s, the federal government flooded several communities in Swain County to build the Fontana Dam
. In 1943, the federal government promised to rebuild the 30-mile North Shore Road.
Fontana Dam, NC, March 11, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC), invite the public to attend the official designation of Fontana Dam, North Carolina, as the newest Appalachian Trail Community[TM].
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate Fontana Dam as an A.T.
Honored guests and speakers at this event include Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Ron Tipton, executive director of the ATC; Mayor Houston, Fontana Dam; Supervisor Kristin Bail, National Forests of North Carolina; Chair Sara Locke, Town Council; staff from U.S.
“The Town of Fontana Dam is delighted to enter into this partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to promote the use and appreciation of the Appalachian Trail in our area,” said Councilwoman Sara Locke.
Appalachian Trail Community[TM] Fontana Dam Designation
Location: Fontana Village Events Hall, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam, NC
The story begins in 1943 when the Department of the Interior, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the state of North Carolina, and Swain County signed an agreement to build a 37-mile road on the north shore of Fontana Lake to replace another road that had been flooded by the construction of Fontana Dam
. As part of the agreement, Swain County absorbed a nearly $700,000 debt for road-building activities--a debt that has never been repaid.