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Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation / A Valley of Hardships

 
 
TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation/A Valley of Hardships Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
1. TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation/A Valley of Hardships Marker
Inscription. The Tennessee Valley Authority is much more than just “a power company.” TVA has been proving this for more than 80 years by powering the regionís progress and managing the natural resources in its care for the greatest public good.

When President Roosevelt signed the TVA Act in 1933, he made TVA responsible for empowering the regionís people, reinvigorating its economy and protecting its natural resources and his plan began right here—at Wilson Dam.

At the first dam to become part of the TVA system, Wilson Dam was the starting point for the Unified Development Plan for the Tennessee River—a plan that would improve commerce, agriculture and river navigation in the Tennessee Valley and bring hope to people throughout the region during incredibly trying times.

A Valley of Hardships

In the early years of the 20th century, life in the Tennessee Valley was full of adversity. Although the Great Depression was still years away, people in the Tennessee Valley already faced high unemployment, financial strife and other extreme difficulties.

The punishing Tennessee River continually flooded homes, farms and entire towns throughout the region—stripping the land of fertile soil. Primitive farming practices made crop production even more difficult. Diseases,
TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation/A Valley of Hardships Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
2. TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation/A Valley of Hardships Marker Kiosk
such as malaria, hookworm, small pox and typhoid fever, ravaged families. And the widespread lack of electricity made even the most routine daily task difficult.

In North Alabama, the story was much the same—and made worse by the notoriously treacherous Muscle Shoals, which impeded navigation and commerce along the river.

That is, until Wilson Dam provided the spark that would help show the people of the Tennessee valley a new way forward.
 
Location. 34° 47.596′ N, 87° 37.58′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Reservation Road one mile east of Alabama Route 133, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located TVA's Visitor Center Kiosk. Marker is in this post office area: Muscle Shoals AL 35661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. TVA Goes to War (here, next to this marker); Natural and Cultural Preservation/Protecting Resources (here, next to this marker); Building a New Future (here, next to this marker); Wilson Dam: Setting the Stage (here, next to this marker); TVA: Our Enduring Mission/Powering Prosperity (here, next to this marker); Wilson Dam: Cornerstone of the TVA System (a few steps from this marker); Explore the River (a few steps from this marker); Gulls Glorious Gulls (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
 
Categories. EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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