Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation / A Valley of Hardships
When President Roosevelt signed the TVA Act in 1933, he made TVA responsible for empowering the region’s people, reinvigorating its economy and protecting its natural resources and his plan began right here—at Wilson Dam.
At the first dam to become part of the TVA system, Wilson Dam was the starting point for the Unified Development Plan for the Tennessee River—a plan that would improve commerce, agriculture and river navigation in the Tennessee Valley and bring hope to people throughout the region during incredibly trying times.
A Valley of Hardships
In the early years of the 20th century, life in the Tennessee Valley was full of adversity. Although the Great Depression was still years away, people in the Tennessee Valley already faced high unemployment, financial strife and other extreme difficulties.
The punishing Tennessee
In North Alabama, the story was much the same—and made worse by the notoriously treacherous Muscle Shoals, which impeded navigation and commerce along the river.
That is, until Wilson Dam provided the spark that would help show the people of the Tennessee valley a new way forward.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 34° 47.596′ N, 87° 37.58′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Reservation Road, one mile east of Alabama Route 133, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located TVA's Visitor Center Kiosk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Muscle Shoals AL 35661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. TVA Goes to War (here, next to this marker); Natural and Cultural Preservation/Protecting Resources (here, next to this marker); Building a New FutureWilson Dam: Setting the Stage (here, next to this marker); TVA: Our Enduring Mission/Powering Prosperity (here, next to this marker); Wilson Dam: Cornerstone of the TVA System (a few steps from this marker); Explore the River (a few steps from this marker); Gulls Glorious Gulls (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.