Low Lake Levels in March 1961 Expose Birmingham, Kentucky
In this scan from the Paducah Sun on March 12, 1961, the remants of the old Birmingham School can be seen, exposed when Kentucky Lake was dropped 12 feet.

Low Lake Levels in March 1961 Expose Birmingham, Kentucky

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…

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Birmingham, Kentucky

Birmingham, Kentucky
Birmingham, Kentucky during the 1930s. Source: TVA

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. 

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