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Immobile Home: 1936

Immobile Home: 1936

March 1936. "One-room hut housing a family of nine built on the chassis of an abandoned Ford in a field between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the river." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.

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Big Sandy

The Big Sandy River flows just east of Bruceton City Limits and runs under Route 70.

Tennessee River

Caption card says "on U.S. Route 70 between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near Tennessee River. Their water supply was an open creek running near state highway."

A River before the TVA?


Could there have been a river between the towns before the TVA?

What is this dark line running north-south? Is it a waterway? Link to Google Map

I live near this area.

I am from this area and I can not think of any river around the Camden/Bruceton area. If you are referring to the Tennessee river, that is about 8-12 mile, depending upon what shortcuts you know.

This was an interesting thing to have stumbled upon. Thank you for the picture.

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