Boasting a remarkable 32,510-acre surface area and a 520 mile shoreline, scenic Lake Norman Southwest is the largest body of fresh water in North Carolina. The lake was created in 1967, when the Duke Power Company established the Cowan's Ford Dam on the Catawba River. A whopping 34 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest point, Lake Norman Southwest is twice the size of the Sea of Galilee. Its deepest point measures 130 feet down and holds 3.4 trillion gallons of water.
The history of residential life in the area can be traced back to the 1700s when the Cherokee Indians inhabited the west shore of Lake Norman. The first known settlers in this region, most of whom were German and Scotch-Irish, came from Pennsylvania in 1747. They were Adam Sherrill and his family of 8 sons. Two years later, John Beatty joined them. By 1750 communities had been established all along the perimeter of the lake. Twenty years later, the city of Denver was established, but it was not known by that name until a local school's principal dubbed it so in 1873. Until then the area was known as "Dry Pond" because of its proximity to nearby marshland. At this time the locals expected Denver to become a booming town of culture and industry, as plans were in the works for a railroad to run right through the area. Although they were dismayed when these arrangements derailed, the resulting community was a peaceful cluster of waterside homes and businesses, creating the self-sustained yet relaxed society it remains today - nearly a century and a half later.
One subject of history that lends to much pride in the area is the number of momentous Revolutionary War events that occurred in and around Lake Norman Southwest, which itself resides directly above the landmark of the Battle of Cowan's Ford. This is just one example of the area's contribution to the foundation of the American nation.
The sense of community and dignity that Lake Norman Southwest was founded on is still evident in the area today. With plans in the works to widen Route 16, locals expect to see even more residential and business growth on their corner of the massive lake. The idea is embraced, thanks to the careful consideration of the home designers and neighborhood planners who keep the integrity of the landscape and history of Lake Norman Southwest in tact with each new addition.
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