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

Building a New Future

 
 
Building a Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
1. Building a Future Marker
Inscription. In the early 1930s, which Wilson Dam serving as the starting point for the newly formed TVA and its river development plan, an era of new prosperity in the region began. TVA embarked on one of the largest U.S. hydropower construction programs ever—starting with Tennesseeís Norris Dam, named after the Senator—building 16 dams and employing more than 50,000 workers by the end of 1944.

These dams controlled flooding and vastly improved navigation. TVA completed a 652-mile shipping channel, set in motion by Wilson Damís taming of Muscle Shoals, stretching form the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky to Knoxville, Tennessee—increasing trade in the region by more than 400 percent in just a decade.

TVAís work sparked an economic transformation of the Tennessee Valley—created jobs, more growth and renewed hope.

For more on the story, watch the video on your mobile phone.
H2 Vintage Footage: Building Norris Dam
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Location. 34° 47.595′ N, 87° 37.579′ 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 at
Building a Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
2. Building a Future Marker
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); TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation / A Valley of Hardships (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); Explore the River (a few steps from this marker); Wilson Dam: Cornerstone of the TVA System (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. EnvironmentMan-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 62 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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