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Need for power led ALCOA to Blount
Finding less expensive ways to separate aluminum from the other elements to which it was bonded and the resulting need for large amounts of power to operate aluminum smelters led ALCOA to the watershed of the Little Tennessee River in 1910.
Smelting process is still in use today
Essentially the same, less expensive process for smelting aluminum from bauxite co-discovered by Charles Martin Hall in 1886 is in use worldwide today.
Tapoco Lodge is near Cheoah Dam
Tapoco Lodge, just a short walk from Cheoah Dam, is located in a community that reached a peak population in excess of 2,000 during construction of the Cheoah and Santeetlah dams. The Lodge was not built until 1930 and when a road reached the area a year later it was opened to the public. more