Washed Away by Progress
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Format: DVD
ISBN: 978-0-253-03105-1
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In southern Indiana, just south of Bloomington and nestled between rolling, forested hills lies the state’s largest inland lake. Lake Monroe contains more than 10,000 acres of water and provides recreation for boaters, hikers, swimmers, and campers. The city of Bloomington and surrounding communities rely on it for a water supply. But underneath the jet skis and fishing boats lie the remains of a town that was washed away by progress.

Elkinsville, this once peaceful farming community in Brown County, was displaced by construction of Lake Monroe in the 1960s.

Through an extensive collection of photos and interviews with former residents, the town of Elkinsville has been brought back to life. The program shows where these residents once lived and worked, and provides a glimpse of Indiana history seen through the eyes of people who can never go home again.

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WTIU Public Television is licensed through Indiana University and is a member station of PBS.

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