The Great Smoky Mountains aren't only the site of great natural beauty, but, also, the site of the tallest dam east of the Rocky Mountains, the Fontana Dam. The dam was built in the early 1940's, in response to the need of the United States for increased electrical power to run all of the manufacturing plants producing war material. Today, it's run by the TVA, the Tennessee Valley Authority. Here is a site where you can learn more about it.
We visited it on a bright, sunny day. It is magnificent, and beautiful in its grandeur.
When we were there, the water still had to go down at least as much as it has already been drawn down.
Fontana Village Resort has an interesting history. It was originally the site of a much more primative village, where many of the workers who built Fontana Dam lived. If you look at this link, on the building of Fontana Dam, you'll see a couple of shots of what the original Fontana Village looked like.
So, that is Fontana Dam and the place where we stayed. I'll do another blog posting on the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.