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

Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals

City of Florence Walk of Honor

 
 
Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 13, 2009
1. Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals Marker
Inscription.  In 1891, G.W. Goethals, in his role as supervisor of public works on the Tennessee River, reported directly to the Secretary of War. Later, he was Chief Engineer for the construction of the Panama Canal.
 
Erected 2007 by City of Florence.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
 
Location. 34° 48.395′ N, 87° 37.884′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Hightower Place south of Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling south. Located in River Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Christopher Handy (here, next to this marker); William D. "Buddy" Killen (here, next to this marker); Edward Asbury O'Neal, III (here, next to this marker); Caroline Lee Hentz (here, next to this marker); Thomas Sigismund Stribling (here, next to this marker); Justice John A. McKinley
Walk of Honor River Heritage Park image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 22, 2010
2. Walk of Honor River Heritage Park
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(here, next to this marker); Dr. Ethelbert Brinkley Norton (here, next to this marker); Harlon Hill (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Goethals. George Washington Goethals (pronounced gō-thülz; June 29, 1858 – January 21, 1928) was a United States Army officer and civil engineer, best known for his supervision of construction and the opening of the Panama Canal. The Goethals Bridge between Staten Island, New York City and Elizabeth, New Jersey is named in his honor, as is the Goethals Medal. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. Wilson Dam Pictures. Wilson Dam Pictures (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

3. Wilson Dam. Wilson Dam is a dam spanning the Tennessee River between Lauderdale County and Colbert County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It impounds Wilson Lake. It is one of nine Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams on the Tennessee River. The dam was declared a National Historic Landmark on November 13th, 1966. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

4. Goethals left mark on Shoals. Article in Florence Times Daily by Terry Pace Page 1A and 7E (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

5. Tennessee River dam biggest feat of area's century
Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals Home image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 6, 2009
3. Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals Home
Located at: 629 North Wood Avenue Florence AL
. Article in Times Daily by Vincent Toney Friday February 28, 1992 (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

6. The Story of the Panama Canal Murals. Canal Chief Engineer George W. Goethals is credited with having the foresight to ensure that a record of the monumental labor involved in the building of the Canal was preserved in a series of paintings. The murals are on display in the rotunda of the Panama Canal Administration Building at Balboa Heights, Republic of Panama. (Submitted on March 25, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,235 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. Photos:   1. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   2. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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