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Killen in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Muscle Shoals Canal

1836 - 1918

 
 
Muscle Shoals Canal 1836~1918 Marker image. Click for full size.
By sandra Hughes, July 2, 2009
1. Muscle Shoals Canal 1836~1918 Marker
Marker is located on Hwy 72 in front of Killen Church of Christ, in Killen, Al.
Inscription. Lock Six, headquarters of Muscle Shoals Canal, was located 1.3 miles south of here. An 1836 attempt to build a bypass canal around the shoals proved unsuccessful. On November 10, 1890 the canal from Rogersville to Florence was successfully completed. The river fell 85 feet in 14 1/2 miles requiring nine locks. Canal was closed in 1918 and later covered by backwaters from Wilson and Wheeler Dams. Jesse James robbed the U.S. Payroll near Lock Six in 1881.
 
Erected by Brooks High School Classes.
 
Location. 34° 51.436′ N, 87° 32.527′ W. Marker is in Killen, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 72 and Lock 6 Road on U.S. 72. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1560 Highway 72, Killen AL 35645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Killen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lone Cedar Church of Christ (approx. 4.7 miles away); St. Florian Historic District (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Michael's Catholic Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Center (Centre) Star (approx.
Muscle Shoals Canal ~Lock 6 image. Click for full size.
By sandra Hughes, September 6, 2009
2. Muscle Shoals Canal ~Lock 6
5 miles away); Wilson Family Cemetery 19th Century / Slave Cemetery 19th Century (approx. 5 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Photo of canal construction. (Submitted on March 8, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,822 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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