East Tennessee State University
Archives of Appalachia
Johnson City, TN 37614-0138
Telephone: (423) 439-4338
|The Butler Project Collection|
|Accession No. 437|
|0.3 linear ft.|
|Students at Elizabethton (TN) High School in 1983-84|
Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University
Provenance: The Butler Project Collection was produced by students at Elizabethton (TN) High School in 1983-84 and donated to the archives by Bruce Coleman, Bluff City, Tenn., on January 24, 1994.
Access: THe collection is open for research.
Processing Information: Ned Irwin completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers in January 1997.
The original town of Butler, Tennessee, subject of this collection, was a farming community located at the confluence of Roan Creek and the Watauga River in Johnson County, Tenn. In 1942, the Tennessee Valley Authority began construction on Watauga Dam to control the frequent flooding of the river. Work on the dam was completed in 1948, and the gates were closed, forming Watauga Lake which soon inundated and covered the town. In the interval, a new Butler, Tenn., was established on higher ground nearby. The original town of Butler remained underwater until 1983, when a draw down of the TVA lake uncovered the remains of the town for a brief time, allowing former residents to visit the site.
The Butler Project Collection consists of a carousel of 101 35mm slides, a 60-minute audio cassette narration, and narration notes and slide cues. The program concerns the 1983 draw down of Watauga Lake and the reminiscences of individuals who remember Butler (Old Butler), Tenn., before the Tennessee Valley Authority lake covered the town in 1948.
Johnson County (Tenn.)--History
Tennessee Valley Authority
Watauga Lake (Tenn.)
1 Slide carousel and slides, 1983-84
2 Audiocassette narration
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