Muscle Shoals Canal

Muscle Shoals Canal Map

The history of the Tennessee River is one of commerce.  Before the completion of the Wilson Dam in 1924, the river was divided by a series of shoals near the Muscle Shoals area where the Tennessee fell over 100′ in approximately 30 miles.  Between 1830 and 1890, adjacent to the river and around the shoals, a series of canals and locks were built and improved upon to provide for commercial navigation.  This map dated 1885, was to be used in a speech by General Joseph Wheeler who was serving in the U.S. Congress at the time.