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Killen in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Muscle Shoals Canal

1836 - 1918

 
 
Muscle Shoals Canal 1836~1918 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By sandra Hughes, July 2, 2009
1. Muscle Shoals Canal 1836~1918 Marker
Marker is located on Hwy 72 in front of Killen Church of Christ, in Killen, Al.
Inscription.  Lock Six, headquarters of Muscle Shoals Canal, was located 1.3 miles south of here. An 1836 attempt to build a bypass canal around the shoals proved unsuccessful. On November 10, 1890 the canal from Rogersville to Florence was successfully completed. The river fell 85 feet in 14 1/2 miles requiring nine locks. Canal was closed in 1918 and later covered by backwaters from Wilson and Wheeler Dams. Jesse James robbed the U.S. Payroll near Lock Six in 1881.
 
Erected by Brooks High School Classes.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Jesse James series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1905.
 
Location. 34° 51.436′ N, 87° 32.527′ W. Marker is in Killen, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 72 and Lock 6 Road on U.S. 72. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1560 Highway 72, Killen AL 35645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Killen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Killen and the Canal System (approx. one
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mile away); Tate Springs Estate Early 1800’s (approx. 2˝ miles away); Bainbridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Earliest Methodist Congregation in Lauderdale County, Alabama (approx. 4.7 miles away); Clyde Carter House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lone Cedar Church of Christ (approx. 4.7 miles away); Confederate Retreat at the Tennessee River (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Killen.
 
Muscle Shoals Canal ~Lock 6 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By sandra Hughes, September 6, 2009
2. Muscle Shoals Canal ~Lock 6
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 2,375 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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