Historic Markers Across Florida

W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam

Marker ID:  
Location: in the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam recreation area, Olga, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 43.248    W 081° 41.602
  26.7208    -81.69336666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMV4CN


W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam

W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam
Constructed by
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Jacksonville District
In Cooperation with
The Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District

Walter P. Franklin of Fort Myers devoted a lifetime to development of the Okeechobee Waterway and to flood protection for Central Florida citizens.

He was instrumental in gaining President Herbert Hoover's support to build the Lake Okeechobee dikes following disastrous hurricanes of 1926 and 1928. Building of the dikes led to opening of the Okeechobee Waterway.

By act of Congress, July 1967 This water control structure was designated the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam in commemoration of his unselfish service, foresight, and zeal for this vital waterway system.

Dedicated 1969

Sponsored by U. S. Army Corps of Engineer


Plague is located on the north side of the first parking lot near the walkway to the lock observation area.