Lloyd Shoals Dam. This dam is 100 feet tall by 1,070 feet long and if they are not generating power you can walk up to the base -below the lake- and touch it. It was completed in 1911 is a concrete masonry dam, that means it is a lot of big block with mortar holding it together. The lake is 4750 acres, 135 miles around the shoreline.
I don’t know how to figure how much weight is pushing against this thing, water is a about 8.5 pounds per gallon but how many millions of gallons are in this lake? Regardless when you are standing at the base, looking up and seeing the areas that have patched together over the years, the little cracks that seep water and knowing what is behind that wall a particular sense of…. not sure of the words… but you suddenly feel quite small. Your odd ball problems just don’t seem as big as they were moments ago and there is a very strange “feeling” when you actually touch the wall. Cold, a sense of vibration, perhaps your heart beating just slightly faster?