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Near Town Creek in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams

Wheeler Dam

 

—Built for the people of the United States of America —

 
The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
1. The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams Marker
Inscription.
The Tennessee River has its headwaters in the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The main stream forms at Knoxville, where the Houston and the French Broad Rivers join.

The valley, 41,000 square miles in area, receives an average of 52 inches of rain a year. In terms of water discharged into the Ohio and Mississippi, the Tennessee River is about equal in size to the Missouri.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has harnessed the river with a multi-purpose system of dams and reservoirs which regulates floods, improves navigation, and generates electric power.

High dams on the tributaries create large storage reservoirs which hold back flood waters, releasing them when necessary to maintain navigation depths downstream, and at the same time generating electric power. The system also helps protect the lower Ohio and Mississippi Valleys.

The nine main river dams, with their locks, form a navigable channel 650 miles long, from Knoxville to the Ohio River, an important arm of the nation's inland waterway system connecting 20 states.

Having developed virtually all the river power resources, TVA has built huge coal-burning steam electric plants to help serve the region's growing power needs. TVA power is sold at wholesale to cities and rural electric cooperatives which, in turn, distribute
Wheeler Dam inset image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
2. Wheeler Dam inset
it at retail to homes, farms, business and industry. A few industries and U.S. Government Defense installations that use large amounts of power are served directly by TVA. The largest of these, using more power than a great city, are the atomic plants at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Paducah, Kentucky.

WHEELER DAM

You are now at Wheeler Dam, a multi-purpose dam on the main stream of the Tennessee River. Its reservoir 74 miles long, is a link in the Tennessee Waterway and helps regulate floods. Stored water is released through turbines to generate electricity.
 
Erected by Tennessee Valley Authority.
 
Location. 34° 47.783′ N, 87° 22.917′ W. Marker is near Town Creek, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from Wheeler Dam Rd (State Highway 101) north of County Road 150, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located near the visitor center parking lot at the base of the stairs leading to the power house. Marker is in this post office area: Town Creek AL 35672, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Joseph Wheeler (approx. 3.1 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 3.1 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake
Wheeler Dam - adjacent marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
3. Wheeler Dam - adjacent marker
Wheeler Dam
length 6342 feet
height 72 feet
Built by TVA 1933-1936 as a unit of
its multi-purpose system of dams.
(approx. 3.3 miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 3.8 miles away); Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake (approx. 4.3 miles away); Daniel White (approx. 4.4 miles away); Cherokee Chief Doublehead's village around 1800 (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saunders~ Hall~ Goode Mansion (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Town Creek.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
4. The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams Marker
Marker seen from stairs looking downstream at the Tennessee River.
The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
5. The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams Marker
Looking north across the Tennessee River at Wheeler Dam. Power plant is in the foreground. Lauderdale County, AL, is across the river.
Gantry Crane on Wheeler Dam image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
6. Gantry Crane on Wheeler Dam
Welcome to Wheeler Dam image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 16, 2011
7. Welcome to Wheeler Dam
This sign is located near the parking lot. There is a great graphic illustrating the various dams on the Tennessee River that shows their different elevations.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 702 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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