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Wilson Lock and Dam, Muscle Shoals

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Wilson Dam is a dam spanning the Tennessee River between Lauderdale County and Colbert County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It impounds Wilson Lake. It is one of nine Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams on the Tennessee River. The dam was declared a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966.
Construction on Wilson Dam began in 1918 and was completed in 1924 under supervision of Hugh L. Cooper. The Wilson Dam actually predates the TVA, but was later placed under the authority of the TVA. The dam is 137ft high and stretches 4541ft across the Tennessee River. The cost to build the dam was almost $47 million.
The main lock at Wilson Dam is 110ft wide by 600ft long. The lock lift is 94ft. It is the highest single lift lock east of the Rocky Mountains An auxiliary lock has two 60ft wide by 300ft long chambers that operate in tandem. Over 3,700 vessels pass through Wilson Dam's locks each year.
The generating capacity of Wilson dam is 663 megawatts of electricity.
The dam is named for former President of the United States Woodrow Wilson.
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  • As with most things during the pandemic, most buildings were closed. However, you can park and take a short walk to an overlook which gives perspective to the overall size of the installation, which.....  more
    As with most things during the pandemic, most buildings were closed. However, you can park and take a short walk to an overlook which gives perspective to the overall size of the installation, which.....  more »
  • Spent the afternoon watching the fisher people, though sadly nobody caught anything, we still enjoyed the views of the fast flowing waters . Plenty of open spaces and lots places to social distance... 
    Spent the afternoon watching the fisher people, though sadly nobody caught anything, we still enjoyed the views of the fast flowing waters . Plenty of open spaces and lots places to social distance...  more »
  • Stopped by on a whim. Neat to see the locks, as we are from Michigan and tough to compare the Soo Locks with anything. Unfortunately visitors center was closed, I guess they feel folks don't travel....  more
    Stopped by on a whim. Neat to see the locks, as we are from Michigan and tough to compare the Soo Locks with anything. Unfortunately visitors center was closed, I guess they feel folks don't travel....  more »

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