August 12, 1916 - Walt Reid, caretaker for Toxaway Inn, described the
events that lead up to the collapse of the dam. “There had been heavy rains
for days. The great Asheville flood of July had subsided. But another heavy
rain had fallen during the night of Aug. 13 and the lake kept rising. It kept
eating away at the earthen dam that stood 50 feet high. “The water got too
high over the clay,” Walt explained. “There was a four-foot tide. Suddenly
the dam began leaking.. This was Sunday afternoon. Folks came from the
hotel to stand by and watch.
Copyright 2014 by Tony Austin
Chronological History of Lake Toxaway
Asheville Citizen Times, 08/1964