Heavy rains across the Tennessee Valley in March 1961 prompted the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to lower the level of Kentucky Lake. TVA believed it was necessary to make extra…
This map from the Kentucky Department of Highways shows land owners and businesses on the main road in Birmingham, Ky.
The United States Geological Survey has a great online mapping feature that is quite addicting and can suck you in for a while.
Overview of Birmingham, Ky.
Birmingham, Kentucky was the most notable community affected by the creation of Kentucky Lake. The town of several hundred people was situated on the banks of the Tennessee River in Marshall County, Kentucky.
For reasons not known to us, the town didn’t relocate in the early 1940s when TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) built a dam on the Tennessee River. The town was flooded permanently under several feet of water.