Dam 1 Catawba Falls
In 1923 Colonel Daniel
W. Adams was a conservationist who lived in Old
Fort from 1914 until his death in 1957. Prior to his
army enlistment in 1917 he was employed by the
U.S. Forest Service, which he joined in 1909.
1911 he invented and constructed the first forest
fire tower in the world, which was erected in the
Arkansas Ouacita National Forest. In 1912 and
1913 he was engaged in purchasing land for the
U.S. Government as part of Pisgah National Forest
and Shenandoah National Park.
the busy and civic life of Colonel Adams included
spearheading the establishment of a water system
for Old Fort and building of a power plant at Catawba
Falls. He also opened feldspar and mica
mines in Mitchell County and helped establish
the Daniel Boone National Forest. His efforts in
the conservation program were a major contribution
in the establishment of National Parks and
Forest in the south eastern United States.
31 1989 Daniel W. Adams sold the land containing
the Catawba Falls to the Trust for Public