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

TVA Goes to War

 
 
TVA Goes to War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
1. TVA Goes to War Marker
Inscription. When the bombing of Pearl Harbor suddenly thrust the United States into World War II, President Roosevelt knew that industrial might would be the key to Ally victory. He needed to build thousands of ships, planes, and bombs, and that meant an urgent call for more electric power. TVA answered by building 12 hydroelectric plants and one coal-powered steam plant—simultaneously.

The resulting increase in power helped fuel factories that churned out more than 50,000 planes. During the war, power from Wilson Dam was temporarily used once again to fuel the American military effort, as a large portion of the country’s nitrates and phosphorous for explosives were made at the Muscle Shoals facilities.

TVA’s most storied role in World War II actually started off as a secret. As part of the Manhattan Project, TVA supplied millions of kilowatts of electricity to a top-secret facility in Oak Ridge Tennessee throughout the war. The Oak Ridge facility used nearly one-seventh of all the country’s electricity in enriching uranium to produce the weapon that would dramatically end World War II—the atomic bomb.
 
Location. 34° 47.596′ N, 87° 37.579′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Reservation
TVA Goes to War Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
2. TVA Goes to War Marker Kiosk
road one mile east of Alabama Route 133, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at 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: A History of Progress and Innovation / A Valley of Hardships (here, next to this marker); Building a New Future (here, next to this marker); Natural and Cultural Preservation/Protecting Resources (here, next to this marker); TVA: Our Enduring Mission/Powering Prosperity (here, next to this marker); Wilson Dam: Setting the Stage (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); Birds of North Alabama (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWar, World II
 
 
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 63 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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