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Near Belmont in Tishomingo County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

River, Canal and Cut

 
 
River, Canal and Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. River, Canal and Cut Marker
Image or diagram of Bay Springs Lock and Dam
is missing from the marker
Inscription. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway has three main parts. The largest section from Demopolis, Alabama, north to Amory, Mississippi, utilizes the Tombigbee River but changes and shortens the existing channel with dams, locks, and short cuts. From Amory a canal section using a chain-of-lakes construction extends to the Bay Springs Lock and Dam. The final section cuts deeply through high ground to the Tennessee River.

Waterway Statistics

Total length          234 miles (377 km)
     River section          149 miles (240 km)
     Canal section          46 miles (74 km)
     Divide cut section          39 miles (63 km)
Standard width          300 feet (91 m)
Divide cut width          280 feet (85 m)
Minimum channel depth          9 feet (2.7 m)
Lock dimensions     110 feet X 600 feet (34 m X 183 m)
Material excavated     307 million cubic yards (235 million cubic meters)

Operation of a Lock

1. Upper gates (D) and fill valve (B) are closed. Lower gates (C) are opened and towboat enters lock.
2. Lower gates (C) and drain valve (A) are closed. Fill valve (B) is opened and water level in lock rises.
3. Upper gates (D) are opened and towboat proceeds upstream. The process is reversed for towboats going downstream.
 
Erected by
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
Close-up of map on marker
National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 34° 30.34′ N, 88° 19.435′ W. Marker is near Belmont, Mississippi, in Tishomingo County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 293.2), 0.3 miles west of John Rankin Highway (County Road 1). Click for map. Marker is located 500 feet west of the parking lot for the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway turnoff from the Natchez Trace Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Dennis MS 38838, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jamie L. Whitten Historic Landmark (here, next to this marker); Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway (here, next to this marker); Pharr Mounds (approx. 6 miles away); Mac McAnally (approx. 6.5 miles away); Donivan Slough (approx. 9.2 miles away); Natchez Trace (approx. 10.5 miles away); Red Bay Depot & Hotel (approx. 11.1 miles away in Alabama); Red Bay School (approx. 11.2 miles away in Alabama). Click for a list of all markers in Belmont.
 
Also see . . .
1. Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 26, 2015.) 

2. Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway. From the Encyclopedia of Alabama. (Submitted on June 26, 2015.)
Markers at Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway Turnoff image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Markers at Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway Turnoff
Marker on the right side
 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Markers Overlooking the<br>Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
4. Markers Overlooking the
Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway
Markers and the Jamie L. Whitten Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
5. Markers and the Jamie L. Whitten Bridge
Marker is located at end of path 500 feet west of
the parking lot for the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway
turnoff from the Natchez Trace Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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