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Batesville in Independence County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Navigation of the White River

 
 
Navigation of the White River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 16, 2020
1. Navigation of the White River Marker
Inscription.  The first steamboat to navigate the White River to Batesville was the Waverly which arrived in 1831 with Capt. Phillip Pennywitt as master and Capt. Thomas Todd Tunstall as pilot. The steamboat provided major transportation for both freight and passengers for Batesville until the coming of the railroad from Diaz in 1883. The railroad terminal was in Batesville and the steamboat continued as principal carriers on the upper White River, although they were delayed frequently because of low water.

The River and Flatboats Act of 1899 provided for ten locks and dams between Batesville and Buffalo Shoals. Lock and Dam No. 1 here was completed in 1903 and No. 2 and No. 3 were built before the project was dropped as the railroad was constructed up the river. The U.S. Army Engineers maintained the locks and dams until 1951. The property here was deeded to the City of Batesville.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 35° 45.466′ N, 91° 38.184′ W. Marker is in Batesville, Arkansas, in Independence County. Marker
Navigation of the White River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 16, 2020
2. Navigation of the White River Marker
is on Chaney Drive, on the right when traveling east. Located in Riverside Park, overlooking White River Dam No.1. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Batesville AR 72501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Batesville During The Civil War (approx. 1.1 miles away); Independence County Office and Library (approx. 1.3 miles away); Arkansas Methodist Conference (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lafferty Memorial Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Independence County First County Court House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Colonel Shelby in Arkansas (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pfeiffer Community (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Upper White River Lock & Dam Report. Report from the Historical American Building Survey, Engineering Board, from the 1960s, providing historical photos of the locks and dams, along with other details. (Submitted on July 26, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
White River Lock and Dam No. 1 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 16, 2020
3. White River Lock and Dam No. 1
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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