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Interesting. Never even heard of this. So this town was partially destroyed in case Lake Monroe floods? Did you happen to find out anything about the people who lived there as far as where they moved to? -- Mark 04:15, 6 March 2006 (GMT)
- No, the town was destroyed because Lake Monroe wasn't Lake Monroe before 1960 - it was Salt Creek. They repurposed the 10,000-some odd acres, (bought the land at fair market value), dammed off the creek, and created the lake. Elkinsville is/was in the middle of the lake somewhere. This was all done by the US Army Corps of Engineers, working with the Indiana DNR, so there's probably some huge report out there detailing all of the work. --Jkonrath 11:30, 22 May 2006 (EDT)
- Well, the town wasn't really destroyed, per se. It's still there and there are a few people that still live there. It wasn't in the middle of the lake. More on the extreme eastern fringes. Most of the houses in Elkinsville were slightly below the elevation that the Army Corps of engineers deemed safe for habitable living. Basically, if it rained, the roads would flood and people would be stranded. You can see evidence of the flooded out roads today. There are a few people living almost off the grid, though there's still some power and phone service going to the extreme edges of Elkinsville. There's an old wagon trail that I think we repurposed into a road that's since been abandoned. There's a strip of washed out land, so you can't get to it by car. I've been hoping to hike it this summer to see what all is back there. -Chrobb 12:01, 22 May 2006 (EDT)