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Near Belmont in Tishomingo County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway

 
 
Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway Marker
Inscription. In the mid 1700's Sieur de Bienville, founder of Mobile, recommended to Louis XIV, a waterway connecting the Tennessee River with the Tombigbee River. Later, American settlers also recognized the advantages of such a shortcut. Residents of Knox County, Tennessee (Knoxville) first approached Congress in 1810 with the proposal to connect the two rivers.

The first survey was made by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1827. Serious consideration was delayed for more than 100 years because of the expansion of railroads.

Construction of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway was started in 1972 and completed in 1985. The waterway provides shallow draft boats and barges operating in some 16,000 miles of other navigable inland waterways with access to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, Alabama, 412 river miles to the south of the Bay Springs Lock and Dam. The junction of the waterway with the Tennessee River is 47 river miles north of the lock and dam.

The locks on the waterway are standard dimensions—110 feet wide and 600 feet long. This length permits an eight-barge tow (three wide and three long) with towboat to lock through without breaking the tow.

The Bay Springs Lock and Dam has an 84-foot lift at normal pool (the water level above the lock and dam) elevation 414. A lock-through of average lift uses approximately
Markers at Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway Turnoff image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Markers at Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway Turnoff
Marker on the left side
42,000,000 gallons of water to fill, and fills or empties in about 12-14 minutes.

Commodities shipped on the waterway include ores, chemicals, farm products, paper and pulp, minerals and primary metals, coal, and staples for manufacture and export.

Water impoundments such as Bay Springs Lake above the lock and dam provide recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 34° 30.338′ N, 88° 19.435′ W. Marker is near Belmont, Mississippi, in Tishomingo County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 293.2), 0.3 miles west of John Rankin Highway (County Road 1). Touch for map. Marker is located 500 feet west of the parking lot for the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway turnoff from the Natchez Trace Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Dennis MS 38838, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jamie L. Whitten Historic Landmark (here, next to this marker); River, Canal and Cut (here, next to this marker); Pharr Mounds (approx. 6 miles away); Mac McAnally
Markers Overlooking the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Markers Overlooking the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway
(approx. 6.5 miles away); Donivan Slough (approx. 9.2 miles away); Natchez Trace (approx. 10.5 miles away); Red Bay Depot & Hotel (approx. 11.1 miles away in Alabama); Red Bay School (approx. 11.2 miles away in Alabama). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belmont.
 
Also see . . .
1. Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 26, 2015.) 

2. Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway. From the Encyclopedia of Alabama. (Submitted on June 26, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Markers and the Jamie L. Whitten Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
4. Markers and the Jamie L. Whitten Bridge
Marker is located at end of path 500 feet west of
the parking lot for the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway
turnoff from the Natchez Trace Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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