National Geographic : 1939 May
Photograph by Fairchild Aerial Surveys MIGHTY NORRIS DAM IMPOUNDS THE WATER OF TWO TENNESSEERIVERS First of the Tennessee Valley Authority dams completed in the State, this barrier was built to provide flood control and electric power (page 566). Water backs up in the Clinch River for 72 miles and in the Powell for 56, forming Norris Reservoir, which is rapidly becomingapopular playground with fishing, boating, and camping. The dam is as high as a 24-story building and about a third of a mile long. The side of a small mountain was sheared tosupply crushed rock forits construction (upper left). Anchored motorboats and parked automobiles (center and right) look like regimented insects..