Historic Markers Across Alabama

Muscle Shoals Canal

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Location: is at the intersection of U.S. 72, Killen, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 51.436    W 087° 32.527
  34.85726666    -87.54211666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJ97J


Muscle Shoals Canal
1836 - 1918

Lock Six, headquarters of Muscle Shoals Canal, was located 1.3 miles south of here. An 1836 attempt to build a bypass canal around the shoals proved unsuccessful. On November 10, 1890 the canal from Rogersville to Florence was successfully completed. The river fell 85 feet in 14 1/2 miles requiring nine locks. Canal was closed in 1918 and later covered by backwaters from Wilson and Wheeler Dams. Jesse James robbed the U.S. Payroll near Lock Six in 1881.

Erected by Brooks High School Classes.

End of Muscle Shoals Canal