“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Burns’ Shoals

Burns’ Shoals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 17, 2008
1. Burns’ Shoals Marker
Inscription. The remains of Burns' Shoals now lie nearly 40 feet underwater. This rock outcropping was the first of the shoals known as the "Falls of Tuscaloosa" and represents the "Fall Line" or contact point of the Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Plateau, which extends nearly 2000 miles to Canada. From here upstream the riverbed is primarily rock while downstream is is sand, silt and gravel. It was head of navigation on the river and thus a primary reason for the founding of Tuscaloosa. It was used as an early ford and bathing site, and later provided a solid foundation for a succession of bridges. During construction of Old Locks One, Two and Three (1888-1895), it was channelized to allow the passage of river traffic.
Erected 2002 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 33° 12.842′ N, 87° 34.298′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Greensboro Avenue north of 2nd Street (Jack Warner Parkway). Click for map. Marker is located by the Bama Belle Riverboat dock at the Black Warrior Riverwalk Park east or upriver of the Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Bama Belle Riverboat Dock image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 17, 2008
2. Bama Belle Riverboat Dock
Marker is located to the right of this dock.
this marker. Horace King (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Benjamin F. Eddins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Black Warrior River (about 300 feet away); Navigation and Shipbuilding On The Black Warrior River (about 600 feet away); Home Guard Defended Covered Bridge / Bridging The Black Warrior River (about 800 feet away); The M & O Railroad Trestle (approx. 0.3 miles away); “The Indian Fires Are Going Out” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alabama Corps Of Cadets Defends Tuscaloosa (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsNatural FeaturesNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
The location of Burns’ Shoals image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
3. The location of Burns’ Shoals
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,062 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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