Building in the Water

The old Danville Grain Elevator building in the waters of Kentucky Lake in Tennessee

The old Danville Grain Elevator building stands in the middle of the water of Kentucky Lake in Tennessee.

On our visit to Kentucky Lake last year, the Streets (our hosts) took us by boat out to see this old building and the nearby abandoned bridge, thinking that we might enjoy seeing it. They were right of course; we thought it was cool!

I later looked it up to find that the building was formerly the Danville grain elevator. Built in 1918, it sat on the bank of the Tennessee River and was used to move grain between the railroad and boats down on the river. When the Tennessee Valley Authority built Kentucky Dam and flooded the area to create Kentucky Lake in 1941, they left the building standing, where it remains to this day.

Apparently, the building is popular with would-be graffiti artists, too. Except that there really isn’t much “art” on the building, but rather just the names of people who have ventured out there. Not being big fans of such things (my Mom always said, “A fool’s name and a fool’s face are always seen in a public place.”), we didn’t try to add our names to the building. But we did think that it was quite a cool photo opportunity.

I just hope that if they ever decide to flood my area, they at least let me know first.

About the Photo

A single RAW exposure, processed in Adobe Lightroom. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm

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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.