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.
We’ve always enjoyed experiencing and seeing the oddities of the Four Rivers region. That’s why this site, Four Rivers Explorer, exists. But before we began this site, we had a section of our main tourism site, Explore Kentucky Lake, that was dedicated to the unusual and lesser-known aspects of our area. We called the section “Explorations”.
My husband and I had the opportunity to get away for the afternoon without our small children. We set out for an exciting exploration of an area we had not had many opportunities to investigate: Camden, Tenn. We had heard that there was a wonderful place to view Kentucky Lake at an overlook called Pilot Knob. Obviously, this was right up our alley. What we didn’t know was that the Tennessee River Folklife Center was located nearby.
The creation of Kentucky Lake in the 1940s put a lot of things underwater. Farms, homes, businesses, roads, railroads, cemeteries and entire communities. Danville, Tennessee was one of the communities that permanently flooded when the Tennessee River was impounded to create Kentucky Lake.
The former site of Danville is located near present-day McKinnon. The story of Danville is unique with the fact that two large structures of the former town still remain – the abandoned and partially removed L&N Railroad bridge and the transfer elevator.
You’ve probably heard the old 1960’s song “Crazy” sung by a woman whose voice was unmistakably gifted. Or you may have heard that same voice bellow out the words of “I Fall To Pieces”, or perhaps you might be familiar with the fun and poppy song “Walkin’ After Midnight”.