Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Wilson Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has 21 generating units with a net dependable capacity of 663 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
Wilson Dam is the largest conventional hydroelectric facility on the Tennessee River. Only Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant near Chattanooga can generate more hydroelectric power. Wilson reservoir provides 166 miles of shoreline and 15,500 acres of water surface for recreation. The main lock at Wilson is 110 by 600 feet. With a maximum lift of 100 feet, it is the largest single lift lock east of the Rockies. An auxiliary lock has two 60- by 300-feet chambers that operate in tandem. On average, 3700 vessels pass through Wilson’s locks each year. Wilson has a flood-storage capacity of 50,000 acre-feet.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 34° 48.284′ N, 87° 37.693′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from South Cox Creek Parkway half a mile east of Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 133), on the right when traveling south. Marker located next to building at Wilson Dam Locks. 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. Oscar Stanton DePriest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Caine Anderson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank Perron Achorn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Amit Roy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rear Adm. John Murray Hood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lt. Col. R. Edward Yeilding (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ronnie Gene Flippo (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Thomas Rapier (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 26, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.