Near Belmont in Tishomingo County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
River, Canal and Cut
Total length 234 miles (377 km)
River section 149 miles (240 km)
Canal section 46 miles (74 km)
Divide cut section 39 miles (63 km)
Standard width 300 feet (91 m)
Divide cut width 280 feet (85 m)
Minimum channel depth 9 feet (2.7 m)
Lock dimensions 110 feet X 600 feet (34 m X 183 m)
Material excavated 307 million cubic yards (235 million cubic meters)
Operation of a Lock
1. Upper gates (D) and fill valve (B) are closed. Lower gates (C) are opened and towboat enters lock.
2. Lower gates (C) and drain valve (A) are closed. Fill valve (B) is opened and water level in lock rises.
3. Upper gates (D) are opened and towboat proceeds upstream. The process is reversed for towboats going downstream.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 34° 30.34′ 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); Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway (here, next to this marker); Pharr Mounds (approx. 6 miles away); Mac McAnally (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. • Waterways & Vessels •
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 199 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.