Old Photos: At The Bottom Of The Tuttle Creek Lake
In June 1960 the Life Magazine published the following report about the imminent flooding of the Tuttle Creek Reservoir.
In the verdant farmlands of the Blue River valley in northeastern Kansas, where 3,000 people found themselves in the path of progress, only a sorrowful handful still stayed near ghost towns. The reservoir for the Tuttle Creek flood-control dam would inundate 15,000 acres. In many cases it would swallow up the farms and limestone homesteads built up by the owners’ pioneer ancestors.
The cost of resettling and the beginning of new lives came high. New property usually costs more than the fees awarded for the old. It was a sad wrench, especially for the old people. But the uprooted Kansans have one consolation. They will live near what will eventually be the state’s largest recreation area.
Probably the eeriest photo of all – this place is at the bottom of the lake.