Near Town Creek in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams
— Built for the people of the United States of America —
The Tennessee River has its headwaters in the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The main stream forms at Knoxville, where the Houston 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, and 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, and 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 navigable 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 power resources,
You are now at Wheeler Dam, a multi-purpose dam on the main stream of the Tennessee River. Its reservoir 74 miles long, is a link in the Tennessee Waterway and helps regulate floods. Stored water is released through turbines to generate electricity.
Erected by Tennessee Valley Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 34° 47.783′ N, 87° 22.917′ W. Marker is near Town Creek, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from Wheeler Dam Rd (State Highway 101) north of County Road 150, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the visitor center parking lot at the base of Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Town Creek AL 35672, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Brief History (approx. ¼ mile away); From Wheeler to the moon ... (approx. ¼ mile away); Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 1.3 miles away); General Joseph Wheeler (approx. 3.1 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 3.1 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bettie Anne Highway (approx. 3.7 miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Town Creek.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 984 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 23, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.