A gruesome job had to be done to create an artificial lake in Maine

Flagstaff Lake in Eustis, Maine, is not a typical lake that formed over millennia like Maine's deepest lake, Sebago Lake. Flagstaff is an artificial lake created where Flagstaff, Bigelow and Dead River townships once stood.

In the 1940s, despite outcry from residents, these townships were persuaded by eminent domain to build a new dam on the Dead River to generate electricity. Building the dam would mean flooding the townships, creating an artificial lake. But in order to prepare the move for the residents, something cruel had to be done that none of the residents would have wanted.

As residents were forced to move to a new location, most of the buildings were demolished, but a schoolhouse was relocated and still stands today.

Something else was also moved to a new location. All headstones and buried dead in the Flagstaff and Dead River cemeteries had to be dug up and reburied in a new cemetery.

As if these people hadn't already been told enough that they had to leave their homes, the seizure of land by eminent domain also meant that their deceased loved ones had to be dug up from the ground in their coffins and killed.

In recent years, Flagstaff Lake and the ghost town of Flagstaff that has sunk beneath the now much larger body of water have become a legend to people across the country as the city has been taken over by eminent domain and flooded everything in the name of progress.

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