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Marion County's Hales Bar Dam reaches 100 with events planned for celebration

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The 100th anniversary of the Hales Bar Dam will be celebrated Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in South Pittsburg. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press The 100th anniversary of the Hales Bar Dam will be celebrated Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in South Pittsburg. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Marion County's Hales Bar Dam was a snapshot of early 20th century American engineering. No matter that in 1905, the concept of hydroelectric energy was brand new. No matter that no one in the world had tried it.

Two prominent Chattanooga-area businessmen went for it, with help from one fabulously rich New Yorker.

And it almost worked.

By 1913, construction on Hales Bar Dam had blown its budget and its deadline.

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