South Holston Lake was named for the river that bares the name
of Steven Holston, an early settler of the Tennessee Valley.|
The construction of South Holston Dam was started on February
16, 1942 and was completed November 20, 1950. The total cost
of construction of the reservoir was $31,242,224 taking more
than 7,842,134 man hours to complete. The dam itself contains
97,500 cubic yards of concrete. South Holston Dam and Reservoir
was constructed for the purpose of electric power, flood
control, navigation, recreation, an adequate supply of water
and other related benefits.
The Dam is 285 feet tall and 1,600 feet long. The reservoir is
10,053 acres with a shoreline of 160 miles and 8 miles of
There was 49 injuries incurred during the construction of the
dam and reservoir with 3 fatalities. There was 342 families
relocated and 559 graves had to be relocated.
South Holston Lake is on the South Fork Holston River and is surrounded
by Sullivan County in Tennessee and Washington County in Virginia.
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