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“This is a storybook site for a dam … I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better site!”


The construction of Lake Lanier spanned nearly the entire decade of the 1950s. In the book you’ll experience the development of North Georgia from the early 1800s to the sweeping post-war river and harbor legislation of the 1940s and on to the building of the lake itself, including the acquisition of over 50,000 acres of private land for public use; the ground breaking in 1950; construction of the dam, bridges and highways.


This book details the history of Lake Lanier using over 1,100 historical and contemporary photographs, official documents and letters, newspaper articles, maps, interviews and more.

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