Old Swimming Area at Horse Creek

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A Question

Kingsport, TN

#1 Sep 18, 2013
Back in the 70's when I was a kid my dad used to take us to Horse Creek where they had a dammed up area for swimming. Last weekend after about 35 years I went back there and the dam was gone although the two cement blocks on both sides of the creek that held the dam in place were still there.
What happened to the dam that created the swimming area and how long has it been gone?
Truth

Greeneville, TN

#2 Sep 18, 2013
A Question wrote:
Back in the 70's when I was a kid my dad used to take us to Horse Creek where they had a dammed up area for swimming. Last weekend after about 35 years I went back there and the dam was gone although the two cement blocks on both sides of the creek that held the dam in place were still there.
What happened to the dam that created the swimming area and how long has it been gone?
When it flooded a few years back it washed all that away. And it has never been rebuilt. I can't remember exactly when the flood was I am thinking around 5 yrs; it destoyed that and paint creek.

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#3 Sep 18, 2013
Truth wrote:
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When it flooded a few years back it washed all that away. And it has never been rebuilt. I can't remember exactly when the flood was I am thinking around 5 yrs; it destoyed that and paint creek.
That flood is the same one that washed out part or Marguerite (sp?) Falls and parts of Paint Creek, wasn't it? If so... That was somewhere around 2001.
Yeah

North Charleston, SC

#4 Sep 18, 2013
Yeah, Peach, that's right. It was the summer of 2001.

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#5 Sep 18, 2013
Yeah wrote:
Yeah, Peach, that's right. It was the summer of 2001.
I only remember that because I hadn't been outta school long. That was a scary amount of water. The basement flooded and my car sat in 6 inches of water. Lol
Yeah

North Charleston, SC

#6 Sep 18, 2013
It was definitely a lot of water.

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#7 Sep 18, 2013
There was another flood, it was 2003 or after, where there was an issue of a sand barge (?) in the Nolichuckey threatening a bridge at some point, if I remember correctly. Do you remember that, Yeah? I remember the water covering barns and almost topping the bridge on Jones Bridge Road. It wasn't as bad as the earlier flood, but it was scary to those who lived close to the river.
falls

Spruce Pine, NC

#8 Sep 18, 2013
GApeach-TNflower wrote:
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That flood is the same one that washed out part or Marguerite (sp?) Falls and parts of Paint Creek, wasn't it? If so... That was somewhere around 2001.
the flood never changed the falls at all the trail to them yes but falls are still the same

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#9 Sep 18, 2013
falls wrote:
<quoted text> the flood never changed the falls at all the trail to them yes but falls are still the same
I had only been on the trail, didn't make it to the falls before that flood. Have been since and it is beautiful. Thank you for the clarification.:-)
Yeah

North Charleston, SC

#10 Sep 18, 2013
I am not sure about the other flood you mentioned, Peach.
BOBICross

Greeneville, TN

#11 Sep 18, 2013
Falls have a nice trail with a bridge and steps. Forestry Service fixed it up real nice a couple of years ago.

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#12 Sep 18, 2013
I don't think it flooded more than just the areas nearby to the river, really. But there was a sand barge or something like that pulling the sand out of the river, maybe at a Vulcan site, and when the waters rose too fast, the equipment disappeared down the river too. My oldest was already born and that was 2003... So it was after that... It wasn't anything like the 2001 flood tho.
Yeah

North Charleston, SC

#13 Sep 18, 2013
Gotcha, Peach. I vaguely remember what you are talking about.

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#14 Sep 18, 2013
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/...

This is a link about the 2001 flood. Looking for anything on the other.

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#15 Sep 18, 2013
I was way off in years.. But here's what I was remembering, yeah.

http://www.greenevillesun.com/Local_News/arti...
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Kingsport, TN

#16 Sep 19, 2013
Truth wrote:
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When it flooded a few years back it washed all that away. And it has never been rebuilt. I can't remember exactly when the flood was I am thinking around 5 yrs; it destoyed that and paint creek.
Thanks for the info on this. Do you happen to know why it was never built back?

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Greeneville TN

#17 Sep 19, 2013
GApeach-TNflower wrote:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/?n =greenflood
This is a link about the 2001 flood. Looking for anything on the other.
This is fascinating stuff. The 2001 flood nearly destroyed the home and farm of a dear friend. The water was 6 feet deep in his house, killed 2 cows and a horse, and took out two bridges across the creek that ran through the property.

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Greeneville TN

#18 Sep 19, 2013
But back to the Horse Creek swimming area. I went there this summer for the first time in a long time and I could almost swear that the dam is still there. The entire park is neglected and rundown. It hasn't been maintained at all. Many of the walking trails are gone, but the big swimming hole with the rock near the dam is intact. But I'm gonna run back out there soon to make sure I'm not losing my mind.

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#19 Sep 19, 2013
There were two dams and two swimming holes at horse creek. The lower (larger) one is still intact. It needs to be cleaned out,which they USED to do every year. The upper swimming hole dam was removed in the early 90's due to people climbing the side of the mountain and jumping off (like paint creek). It was located behind and to the left of the upper pavilion. The dam was two simple gates like saloon doors that they opened and then ran a backhoe thru to clean out and then closed them. It wasn't very deep or big. The gates were in disrepair as well. The lower hole used to have a white sandy beach on the far side against the mountain. The place used to be very nice.

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#20 Sep 19, 2013
I would love to see it repaired... Would probably even volunteer to help with clean up... Don't think it'll ever be fixed tho.

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