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August 7, 2013

Burnside Time Capsule

1950 Detroit newspaper offers final look at town before it was impounded by Lake Cumberland


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Brooks said most younger people didn’t seem to mind so much to move from Old Burnside. One of the people forced out was his father, R.L. Brooks, operator of a Gulf Service Station.

“It was a mess,” the younger Brooks remembers. Gates on the dam were closed in December 1950 and it was supposed to take two years for the 101-mile-long lake to fill.

“But we had a flood ... and the bridges weren’t done,” said Brooks. A ferry was put in operation to take people to Ky. 90. Cars lined up and sometimes waited more than two hours to be ferried across the lake.

“It was scary ... the water got choppy. The ferry carried school buses ... the children would scream,” Brooks recalls. 

Burnside, billed as “The Only Town on Lake Cumberland” has changed a lot since it moved along what is now new U.S. 27. Annexation, including taking in Lee’s Ford Marina Resort near Nancy, has made new Burnside in land and water area the largest city in Pulaski County.

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