Killen and the Canal System
The improvements of the new canal were helpful but were not totally satisfactory. Fortunately, during the 28 years (1890-1918)of the canal operation, technological developments were made to use the river for the production of electricity. The drop in elevation of the Tennessee River now became an asset. Electrical power could be generated in the Shoals area. Improvements in flood control and greatly improved navigation would be additional assets for the high dam construction. The Wilson Dam was built, and by 1924 the entire canal system was flooded
Erected 2010 by Written by: William and Marylin Dean and Ronald Pettus Authorized by: Killen Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #05 James Monroe series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 10, 1890.
Location. 34° 50.561′ N, 87° 32.354′ W. Marker is near Killen, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on 6 Pence Rd. From US 72 in Killen take CR 63(Lock 6 Rd) to CR 465 right to 6 pence Rd right to Boat Dock. Marker is located in the parking lot near the pier. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Killen AL 35645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Muscle Shoals Canal (approx. one mile away); Town of Killen (approx. 1.2 miles away); Tate Springs Estate Early 1800’s (approx. 3.1 miles away); Earliest Methodist Congregation in Lauderdale County, Alabama (approx. 4.7 miles away); Center (Centre) Star (approx. 5 miles away); The Old Brick Presbyterian Church (approx. 5 miles away); Wilson Family Cemetery 19th Century / Slave Cemetery 19th Century (approx. 5.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Killen.
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Goethals. During the Spanish-American War he served as Chief of Engineers in the Volunteer Army, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was later placed in charge of the Muscle Shoals canal construction on the Tennessee River and also built canals near Chattanooga, Tennessee and at Colbert Shoals, Alabama. (Submitted on October 31, 2019, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. United States Army Corps of Engineers. The corps' mission is to "Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. (Submitted on October 31, 2019, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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