Building a New Future

Building a New Future (HM205Y)

Location: Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 Colbert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 47.595', W 87° 37.579'

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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 Tennessee's 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 Dam's 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.

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

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HM NumberHM205Y
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Date Added Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 442703 N 3850294
Decimal Degrees34.79325000, -87.62631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 47.595', W 87° 37.579'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 47' 35.7" N, 87° 37' 34.74" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 330-398 Reservation Rd, Muscle Shoals AL 35661, US
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