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Old 12-28-2008, 05:59 AM   #76
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Tygart Dam - Taylor Co

Grafton Dam is located on the northern tip of Tygart Lake, about 3 miles south of Grafton. It is one of the big recreational areas in north-central WV, with boaters and skiers crowding the waters in the summertime.

From the US Army Corps of Engineers website:

Authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1935, Tygart Dam was the first of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. The project provides flood protection for the Tygart River Valley as well as for the Monongahela and upper Ohio Rivers.
Tygart has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 4.56 inches of precipitation from its 1,184 square mile drainage area. The project’s flood control benefits were dramatically demonstrated during the November 1985 floods when Tygart alone prevented an amazing $195.8 million in damages and lowered flood crests along the Monongahela River by as much as 6.8 feet. Since its completion in 1938, Tygart has prevented flood damages estimated to be nearly $1.2 billion. When compared to the flood control benefits which have resulted, the $18.5 million construction costs are greatly overshadowed.
In addition to flood control, the Tygart project was also authorized for navigation and water supply purposes. During the summer and fall low-water season, Tygart releases additional water downstream to meet navigation water supply requirements on the Monongahela and upper Ohio River for commercial navigation. The increased flow also improves water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, recreation, esthetics and aquatic life.

For more information from Army Corps of Engineers: Click here

EDIT: THIS MARKER WAS REPLACED IN 2013. PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE ON PAGE 92, POST #1378.



The Historical Marker is located several miles away at the junction of Rt 50 and Rt 119 on the east side of Grafton. (Note: the back side of this sign is badly weathered)



View of sign along Rt 50 looking west toward Grafton. Mmmmmm.... KFC!

EDIT: THIS MARKER WAS REPLACED IN 2013. PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE ON PAGE 92, POST #1378.





Grafton Dam. This is as close as you get nowadays without being on the tour, thanks to terrorism and personal injury lawyers. When I was a kid, we would go out on the dam, and my dad would hold me over the edge of the railing. What harm is there in that??




Sign at overlook to dam.
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