Wilson Dam

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Wilson Dam
Wilson Dam.jpg
View of Wilson Dam from the power house end of the dam.
Location Shoals Area, Alabama
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Construction began 1918
Opening date 1924
Construction cost $47,000,000
Operator(s) TVA
Dam and spillways
Impounds Tennessee River
Height 137 ft (42 m)
Length 4,541 ft (1,384 m)
Creates Wilson Lake
Total capacity 640,200 acre·ft (789,700,000 m3)
Surface area 15,500 acres (6,300 ha)
Wilson Dam
Wilson Dam is located in Alabama
Wilson Dam
Nearest city Florence, Alabama
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Built 1925
Architect Army Corps of Engineers
NRHP Reference # 66000147
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 13, 1966[1]
Designated NHL November 13, 1966[2]

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.[2][3]

Construction on Wilson Dam began in 1918 and was completed in 1924 under supervision of Hugh L. Cooper.[4] The Wilson Dam actually predates the TVA, but was later placed under the authority of the TVA. The dam is 137 feet (42 m) high and stretches 4,541 feet (1,384 m) across the Tennessee River.[4] The cost to build the dam was almost $47 million.[5]

The main lock at Wilson Dam is 110 feet (34 m) wide by 600 feet (180 m) long.[6] The lock lift is 94 feet (29 m).[6] It is the highest single lift lock east of the Rocky Mountains[4] An auxiliary lock has two 60 feet (18 m) wide by 300 feet (91 m) long chambers that operate in tandem. Over 3,700 vessels pass through Wilson Dam's locks each year.[4]

The generating capacity of Wilson dam is 663 megawatts of electricity.[4]

The dam is named for former President of the United States Woodrow Wilson.


See also


  1. Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Wilson Dam". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Polly M. Rettig and Horace J. Sheely, Jr. (February 1976) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Wilson Dam, National Park Service and Accompanying 2 photos, 1 aerial and 1 from below, undated.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "TVA Website". Retrieved 2007-05-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "US Army Corp of Engineers Website". Retrieved 2008-09-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Lock Characteristics General Report" (PDF). General Characteristics of Locks. US Army Corps of Engineers. 29 December 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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