Massive 14 HDR shot, 240° panoramic view of the waterfall.
Top drop of falls
Lower drop of the falls
There are several things to note about this waterfall. I have heard it called Town Creek Falls, from the name the creek originally had. The creek use to be known as Town Creek back in the early to mid 1800's. Also the waterfall has been known as Elk Spring Creek Falls as well, for the current name of the creek. The waterfall has also been incorrectly named Jock Falls by some. Jock Falls is instead, another nearby waterfall and hence the confusion in some old literature and oral history.
The waterfall is also home to a dam and the remains of an old mill that was later an early power station for the city of Monticello. It is believed that there were indeed 2 mills and a power station at one time. A mill was built by Lloyd Lanier & Arthur Rankin in 1877. They built a 34 by 40 foot, three story mill on the site of the falls (pictured below). In 1917, the old mill was purchased by the Monticello Light & Power Company. They used the property to generate electricity for the nearby city. It is just my guess, but I would venture to say that the remains that are located at the site are a mix from the mill and the power station. The old stone foundations are most likely from the old mill, while the old style concrete is from the power station. I would also venture to guess that the power station built the small dam that is atop of the top of the upper drop of the falls.
Thanks to the Wayne County Historical Society for the added historical information about the falls as well as the picture of the old mill and falls.
|Name||Town Creek Falls|
|Watercourse||Elk Spring Creek|
|Height of Falls||54|
|Width of Falls||80|
|# of Drops||2|
|Type of Falls||Cascade|
|Upper Rock Layer||Salem and Warsaw Limestones: Limestone | siltstone | minor shale|
|Lower Rock Layer||Fort Payne Formation: Limestone | shale | siltstone|
|Watershed Size (Acres)||30666|
|Watershed Size (Sq Miles)||48|
|Area of Face of Falls||4320|
|Land Owner||US Army Corps of Engineers|
|Name of Land||Lake Cumberland WMA|
|Submitted by||Christopher Morris|