The history of Lake Logan Episcopal Center begins in the early part of the 20th century in two parts. Part one begins in the early 1930s, when “logging operations” of the Champion Lumber Mill at Sunburst, NC had clear cut all the timber on the surrounding mountains, the saw mill had been sent to another location and Sunburst, the company town in the valley, was essentially deserted. The President of the company, Reuben Robertson, convinced his Board that if the valley were dammed and a lake formed there, it would assure a reserve water source for paper operations at Champion's paper mill in Canton downstream. So the town was disassembled, the dam was built and the water from the Pigeon River was impounded to form Lake Logan, named for Mr. Robertson's brother-in-law, Logan Thomson.
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