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Clinton in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams

The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, January 23, 2021
1. The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams Marker
The Tennessee River has its headwaters in the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. The main stream forms at Knoxville, where the Holston 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, ad 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, ad 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 navigation 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’s power resources,

Bull Run Steam Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, January 23, 2021
2. Bull Run Steam Plant Marker
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 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.

Bull Run Steam Plant. The TVA River Control System helps to generate power at steam plants by providing an abundant supply of cold water for condensing steam. Here at Bull Run Steam Plant water is taken from Melton Hill Reservoir through the intake channel (right foreground) and after leaving the condensers is returned to the reservoir.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 36° 1.292′ N, 84° 9.552′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Edgemoor Road (Tennessee Route 170) 4 miles east of Lakeview Circle, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1350 Edgemoor Rd, Clinton TN 37716, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured

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as the crow flies. Bull Run Steam Plant (here, next to this marker); David Hall Cabin (approx. 1.2 miles away); Elza Gate (approx. 3.2 miles away); Oak Ridge (approx. 4 miles away); Byington (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Scarboro Community (approx. 4.3 miles away); Castle on the Hill (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Guest House (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 2, 2021