Toccoa Falls is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Stephens County, Georgia. It has a vertical drop of 186 feet. We were there very early and it was a very peaceful place.
I was not aware of the tragedy that occurred here in 1977 before I visited the falls. I think that the visit would have been a bit different had I known. It boggles the mind that something that provides such peace and tranquility was the source of such terror, death and destruction.
On November 6, 1977, in the early morning, the dam above the falls failed. 176 million gallons of water surged through the campus below in the space of a few minutes. Most of the college personnel who lived in the path of the flood were asleep at the time, and 39 of them were swept to their deaths in the raging waters of Toccoa Creek. The dam was not rebuilt.
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