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Corn Crib, Outhouse May Be Only Structures To Survive Dam

September 10, 1986

ROANOKE, W.Va. (AP) _ Two structures in Roanoke are guaranteed to survive the high waters when the sluice gates close at the new Stonewall Jackson Dam, authorities say - an outhouse and a corn crib.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been offering buildings to anyone willing to cart them away before the new Stonewall Jackson Lake puts the town under water. The deadline for responses was Aug. 29.

″We’ve only received two that I know of,″ said Larry Moskovitz from the corps’ Pittsburgh office. ″One was for a privy. A one-room, one-seat structure. It’s a cute little privy.″

The other was for the corn crib, he said.

Workers completed the dam last week and crews are scheduled to begin clearing the lake basin next month. The dam is on the West Fork River near Weston, and the resulting 2,650-acre lake is expected to put Roanoke beneath eight feet of water.

Many Roanoke buildings being offered by the corps are eligible for entry in the National Register of Historic places. Officials began offering buildings as an attempt to preserve some of the history of the former railroad, timber and farming community.

Frazer Gensler, also of the corps’ Pittsburgh office, said salvaging operations should begin in December. ″The Huntington office will offer the whole group of buildings for salvage before they are demolished,″ he said.

Gensler said he wasn’t surprised when few people responded to the offer to take buildings away.

″We didn’t expect there to be a lot of interest,″ he said. ″Quite frankly, these buildings are old farm houses which can’t be moved for a reasonable cost.″

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