History of Cashiers Lake

Cashiers Lake

Cashiers Lake 1946

Cashiers Lake

Following extensive research, it appears that the headwaters of the Chattooga River underwent damming late in 1938 / early 1939, resulting in the creation of Cashiers Lake.

Our investigation involved the examination of numerous maps spanning from the late 1800s to 1947 and beyond. Interestingly, there exists a gap in the mapping of the Cashiers area during the 1930s. We were able to find one dated 1938 which does not show Cashiers Lake. The earliest map depicting Cashiers Lake that we could find is dated 1946.

Given the story shared below, Cashiers Lake had to be created in 1938/1939.

Furthermore, we came across a compelling story titled "A Mountain Girl Escapes with Her Life at Cashiers Lake," published in the Pickens County Courier on 01/26/2016. The events described in the story are dated back to 1939. We highly recommend this article for those interested in delving into the historical narrative:

1938 Cashiers, North Carolina

Image:  This item is presented courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina, for research and educational purposes

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