Historic Markers Across Alabama

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Location: on N Montgomery Avenue near W 1st St and North Montgomery, Sheffield, Alabama
County: Colbert
Coordinates: N 34° 45.516    W 087° 41.939
  34.7586    -87.69898333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


On Jan. 21, 1933 President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed an immense crowd a this crossing from his railroad car and promised "to put Muscle Shoals back on the map." He then toured the idle U.S,. Nitrate Plant No. 2 and Wilson Dam with Senator George Norris. The new Congress approved Norris's plans for development of the entire Tennessee River and FDR signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act on May 15, 1933, thereby ending years of bitter controversy about the future of the Muscle Shoals district. The nitrate plants were given to TVA for development of fertilizer in peacetime and production of munitions in wartime. FDR returned Nov. 17, 1934, to inspect the work underway by TVA at Wheeler Dam and Nitrate Plant No. 2 and again boarded his train in Sheffield. The TVA projects helped the area recover from the Great Depression, and power from the dams induced new industries to locate here.

End of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt