Roads, bridges and railroads that once served communities but are now long forgotten.

Port Royal, Tennessee
The original 1887 bridge that served the main street of Port Royal.

Port Royal, Tennessee

The community of Port Royal, Tennessee can trace its roots back before Tennessee was even a state.  When this area was known at Tennessee County and a part of North Carolina, settlers began to make their home along the banks of the Red River in 1784.

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Five Generations of Highways in Canton, Ky
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Five Generations of Highways in Canton, Ky

The present-day US 68/KY 80 corridor has been an important route for more than two centuries.  With Canton’s modern history dating back over 200 years (not to mention the prehistoric era), it’s no wonder the main thoroughfare through this part of the county has changed a whopping five times.  Evidence of all five generations of this strategic route exists today.

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Submerged Energy Lake Bridge

When I was a kid, I thought it would be neat to be an archaeologist.  I suppose that is why I find some of the remains of “past civilizations” fascinating in the Land Between The Lakes.  But the society that is evident in LBL today was from 50 years ago, not 5,000… a period which most archaeologists might enjoy.  In fact, many people remember what it used to be like in LBL before TVA took over.  But for folks like me, we don’t have the memories… but we see the evidence and hear the stories.

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Danville L&N Railroad Bridge
Photo of the L&N Railroad Bridge at Danville from 2003 looking east.

Danville L&N Railroad Bridge

Upon the creation of our Explorations section of Explore Kentucky Lake back in 2002 (which has evolved to this standalone site, Four Rivers Explorer), I had no idea at the time that this partially-removed railroad bridge and the “big building in the middle of Kentucky Lake” were related.  So at that time, I did two different articles, only later realizing that these two structures are related.

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