This is the fourth installment of a new series I have started, called “Short & Sweet.”
In each part of this series, I am focusing on a few places and topics to research that viewers have suggested and provided information to me about.
There were a few more man-made lakes that commenters mentioned regarding the last post that I want to include before I move onto new material.
In the last post, I researched Lake Lanier in north Georgia, and Lakes Keowee and Jocassee in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, near the state’s border with North Carolina and Georgia, is known as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains…
Viewer TM lives in Cumming, Georgia, right at Sawnee Mountain (that I featured in the post in conjunction with its proximity to Lake Lanier), and commented “I can tell you what is under the dam at Lake Lanier. An ancient Native American mound. It is called Summerour Mound. There is also one in Dawsonville, Georgia, right next to Cumming, Georgia. They were destroyed with the creation of Lake Lanier.”
Summerour was a mound site that was excavated between 1951 and 1954 by archeologist Joseph Caldwell, before it was flooded by the waters of the Buford Dam.
This goes along with my field observations at local lakes where I was living in Oklahoma City at the time between 2012 and 2016, I came to the conclusion that man-made lakes serve at least two purposes, 1) creating a water reservoir and/or hydroelectric power supply; and 2) covering up ancient infrastructure.
These are pictures I took at Twin Lakes at Bethel, Oklahoma, on the top left; Lake Arcadia in Edmond, Oklahoma, on the bottom left; and Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma, pictured on the right.
XTX left a comment about Lake Eufaula, a man-made reservoir in Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City, off Interstate 40.
XTX grew up here and was told of people who had drowned in the lake due to wells and open holes beneath the water, and said nothing was torn down or filled in when it was made, and that it took in a lot of land…
…and a town called North Fork Town that was founded by the Creek Nation in Indian territory back in the 1800s.
We are told after its approval by Congress in 1946 to “provide flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, navigation, and recreation,” the Eufaula Dam was built by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1956 and 1964.
The resulting Lake Eufaula, on the Canadian River, upstream from its confluence with the Arkansas River, is the largest capacity lake in Oklahoma, by volume, surface-area, and shoreline.
MFJ commented that Beaver lake in Arkansas has a city underneath with a pyramid, and it was called the Arkansas Atlantis.
Beaver Lake is near Rogers, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas…
…and Rogers, Arkansas, is a straight-line distance of only 109-miles, or 176-kilometers, from the city of Eufaula at Lake Eufaula.
MFJ said the name of the city is Monte Ne, and when the lake gets low you can see a magnificent city under the water, but said there is a crazy backstory behind it.
The story behind it goes something like this.
William Hope Harvey, also known as “Coin” Harvey, arrived in Rogers in 1900…
…and opened his office in what is called the “Golden Rule” Building.
He bought 320-acres, or 129-hectares, of land in a lush valley southeast of Rogers, and dammed the creek on his property to create a small lake for his resort, around which he was said to have built between 1900 and 1920 three large hotels, a bank, stores, post office, and the first heated swimming pool in Arkansas.
Two of his hotels, “Missouri Row” and “Oklahoma Row,” were said to be the largest log-buildings in the world.
There was a railroad spur leading to the resort, and a 50-foot gondola Harvey was said to have imported from Venice to convey passengers visiting the resort.
But, Harvey was a poor money manager, when it came to running the resort, so his ventures were never completed or went bankrupt, and after his death in 1936, the property was sold off in lots.
The remainder of the town and resort was submerged when Beaver Lake was created in 1964, and all that remains today are foundations and one severely vandalized structure.
The unsubmerged ruins of Monte Ne reminded me of the Osireion, an ancient temple in Abydos, Egypt, on the right.
Just a few of the other man-made mentioned by viewers:
IP suggested checking out the Harriman Reservoir and Lake Whitingham, Vermont’s largest landlocked body of water…
…which was made when they flooded the very large, for the time town, of Mountain Mills…
….and the rare glory-hole-style dam there.
Several viewers mentioned Lake Murray in South Carolina…
…called the jewel of South Carolina is just west of Columbia, was created in 1930 as a result of the construction of the Saluda Dam, which was at one time the largest earthen dam in the world, and at the time it was finished flooding the region, Lake Murray was the largest man-made lake in the world.
These are the dam’s 5 massive hydroelectric intake towers in the lake.
Other suggestions included Lake Norman outside of Charlotte in North Carolina…
…and Blessington Lakes in the foothills of Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains.
Now I will move on to new subjects based on your suggestions.
HH suggested looking at the time anomaly between Big Diomede and Little Diomede Islands, which are a pair of rocky islands located in the middle of the Bering Strait between Siberia and mainland Alaska…
…and are only 2.4-miles, or 3.8-kilometers, apart from each other.
The international date line travels through that distance between them.
In spite of their proximity to each other, they are separated by the International Date Line, and Big Diomede is almost a day ahead of Little Diomede.
The top screenshot showing the time and date on Little Diomede Island in Alaska as 9:58:36 am on Sunday, August 22nd, and the bottom screenshot shows Big Diomede Island in Russia, as Monday, August 23rd at 5:58 am, and I took the two screenshots 19-seconds apart.
Also, these two islands are described as rocky, mesa-like islands, and have sheer, steep slopes, and block-shaped rocks on the shoreline.
JZ who lives in China requested that I look up Guilin City and Yangshuo County in the Guangxi Province, and he emailed me numerous pictures of the region.
He said the earthworks here are everything I talk about, and the mountains look like pyramids.
Notice how they rise from an otherwise perfectly flat landscape!
They are called the Karst Mountains in Guangxi Province, and are said to have been naturally formed by receding water from hundreds of millions of years ago.
With what are described as sheer limestone surfaces, the what are called mountains of this region are China’s top spot for climbing.
This same region in South China is also known for its karst caves, like the “Flute-Reed Cave,” also known as the “Art Palace of Nature.”
This is Chuanshan Hill in Chuanshan Park in the southern part of Guilin City, with what is called the hill’s “Moon Cave” showing prominently.
This is a close-up photo of the “Moon Cave” in Chuanshan Hill in the park, also known as “Tunnel Hill.”
Here is a view of Pagoda Hill next to Chuanshan Hill, with the Li River, with its masonry bank, in the foreground…
…and Chuanshan Hill is right across the Li River from the archway at what is called the “Elephant Trunk” Hill.
It’s important to note that other archways like these can be found in places as diverse as on the Mexican Revillagigedo Islands, located between the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico, like the arch at Cabo Pearce…
…and the Grand Arch on the Isla Socorro…
…on the Hollow Rock Beach on Minnesota’s Grand Portage Island…
…and Arch Rock at Arnarstapi in Iceland.
And some of these so-called natural arches are well-known to have things like winter solstice alignments, like Keyhole Rock at Pfeiffer Beach in California…
…and the Durdle Door in Lulworth, England.
JZ also sent me pictures from Sanya City, which is located on Hainan Island in South China.
Sanya is the southernmost city on the island of Hainan.
JZ said this double-bay is called Haitangwan.
What I find is interesting is that I have found examples of double-bays like that in many places, like Casco Cove on Attu Island, the former site of a U. S. Coast Guard Station at the end of the Aleutian Island chain, so far west, it is in the eastern hemisphere, and the westernmost point of land relative to Alaska…
…Halawa Bay on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai…
…and the double-bay at Miyanohama Beach on the Japanese Bonin (also known as Ogasawara) Island of Chichijimi.
Not only that, I have found single-beaches that have the same appearance all over the world, like Green Sand Beach, on the big island of Hawaii…
…Vaja Beach in Korcula, Croatia…
…Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, Greece…
…and Grama Bay in Albania.
JZ said this is a picture of a mine on the left at another bay in the Sanya City called Huanghouwan.
He asked several locals and they all said that it is a natural structure, but he said to just look at it, and it is compared with the Boddington Gold Mine in Western Australia on the right.
He also said there are huge rocks everywhere at Huanghouwan.
Another viewer, RK, mentioned Manitoulin Island, which is part of the Niagara Escarpment.
The Niagara Escarpment runs predominantly east-to-west, from New York, through Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, with a nice, half-circle shape, attached to a straight-line, when drawn on a map.
It gets its name and its fame from being the cliff where the Niagara River takes its plunge at the Niagara Falls in New York and Ontario.
RK specifically mentioned the highest-point on the island, which is called the “Cup and Saucer,” and accessed by the trail of the same name.
Here are some views of the flat surfaces, straight-edges, and right-angles of what we are told are natural rock formations.
It reminded me of what is called Coffee Pot Rock in Sedona on the right, a great view of which I had out my bedroom window for two-years (I have recently moved).
Come to think of it, a place known as “Flower Pot Island” in Ontario’s Five Fathom National Park in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, happens to be located right next to Manitoulin Island on the Niagara Escarpment.
It is so-named because of the two rock-pillars on its eastern shore, described as a type of “sea stack,” formed over many years of “wind, rain, waves, and ice hammering away at the cliff that was once at the water’s edge.”
A third flower pot was said to have been here until 1903, at which time it tumbled.
Here is a photo of the trail to Manitoulin Island’s Cup and Saucer formations on the left, at a place which looks like Giant City State Park in Makanda, also known as the “Star of Egypt,” in Southern Illinois, on the right.
RK also mentioned that a leyline goes right through Manitoulin Island to Montreal.
Let’s see we can find in that department on Google Earth.
On a quick search, these four places appear to line-up with each other – Minneapolis, Minnesota; Manitoulin Island, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I am going to end this post here, and pick up the trail of hidden history from your suggestions in the next installment of “Short and Sweet.”