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OH192 Baisel and Courtney Brooks Oral History

Baisel and Courtney Brooks Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Kentucky Dam Project

Series Number: OH192

Interviewee: Brooks, Baisel and Courtney

Interviewer: Rousey, Eric

Date interviewed: December 31, 1994

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in December of 2012.

Date processed: December 10, 2012

Description: 1 sound disc (55 minutes)

Abstract: Baisel and Courtney Brooks discuss the history and impact of Kentucky Dam on western Kentucky. The interview begins with a biographical outline consisting of their relocation to Western Kentucky in 1944 and their job responsibilities at the dam. Baisel discussed working conditions during construction and the impact the Kentucky Dam and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) had on the region. Included in the conversation was river trade and traffic, Murray State College (presently Murray State University), the creation of Land Between the Lake during the 1960s and the proposed purchase of the dam by the Ford Motor Corporation. The interview concludes with an explanation defining the purpose of the Kentucky Dam Village Oral History Project.

Biographical / Historical note: Baisel and Courtney Brooks were residents of the Kentucky Dam Village in Marshall County, Kentucky from 1944 to 1945. Baisel was one of the first employees to work at the dam after its completion. He retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Kentucky Dam in 1975.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Brooks, Baisel

Brooks, Courtney

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. And Tenn.) – History.

Marshall County (Ky.)