History of the
Storage Facility in
By 1961 many people in the United States Government laughed at the idea
and following Rep. James Huges example and a waste of tax payers’ money.
However, TVA started to put the plan into motion and more than one thousand
laborers helped the pump storage plant by removing over ten million cubic yards
of dirt to create the lake, and excavating 12,000 feet of lighted subterranean
tunnels into the solid mountain granite, over ten million cubic yards of Earth
were removed to create the dam. The schedule was very tight, and they were not
finished until 1979, six years longer then it was originally thought to
complete. The total cost was over 350 million dollars.
Today, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Pump Storage Plant produces
more electricity then Chickamauga Dam. It is still considered to be an
During times of high demand for electricity, water
is released from the
Richard Alexander McKeel