canada africa partner reservation A gruesome job had to be done to create an artificial lake in Maine

A gruesome job had to be done to create an artificial lake in Maine


Flagstaff Lake in Eustis, Maine, is not the typical lake that formed over thousands of years like Maine’s deepest lake, Sebago Lake. Flagstaff is an artificial lake created on the site of the former townships of Flagstaff, Bigelow and Dead River.

In the 1940s, these townships were taken by eminent domain to build a new dam on the Dead River to generate electricity, despite residents’ outcry. Constructing the dam would mean flooding the townships, creating an artificial lake. But in order to prepare for the move for the residents, one horrific thing had to happen that none of the residents would want to happen.

As residents were forced to move to a new location, most of the buildings were demolished, but a school building was moved and still stands today.

Something was also moved to a new location. All headstones and buried dead in Flagstaff and Dead River cemeteries were to be exhumed and reburied in a new cemetery.

As if these people hadn’t been told enough to leave their homes, the taking of the land by eminent domain also meant that their deceased loved ones had to be dug out of the ground and moved.

In recent years, Flagstaff Lake and the ghost town of Flagstaff (submerged under the now much larger body of water) have become somewhat of a legend for people across the country, as the town that was taken by eminent domain and flooded, all in the name of progress.

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