"I went to elementary school at the bottom of this lake."...
Detroit Lake is a man-made reservoir located in the North Santiam Canyon, Oregon.
In 1938, following the authorization by Congress to build the Detroit Dam, The Oregonian published an article which stated that the decision put “the stamp of death” on Old Detroit. Old Detroit was named after the Michiganians who settled along the Oregon Pacific Railroad in 1889.
The residents of Old Detroit were told to leave their homes, their sense of place on the land. They protested the forced move but had no impact as most of the townsite was owned by Hammond Lumber Co.
Delayed by World War II, construction of the dam commenced in 1949 when the Army Corps of Engineers began clear cutting more than 3,000 acres of forest. The North Santiam Canyon became a lake in 1953, following the completion of the dam intended for flood control, hydroelectricity, irrigation and recreation.
At its maximum depth, the lake is 427 feet.
...As Leonard told me his story, my imagination wondered what life was like at the bottom of that beautiful wooded canyon. What magic lay in that forest?