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Just prior to the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933, navigation improvements on the Tennessee consisted of two high dams with locks, Hales Bar and Wilson Dams, two lateral canals, the Florence or Lower Muscle Shoals Canal and the Riverton Lock and Canal around Colbert Shoals. There were also two low-lift locks and dams, one below Wilson Lock in the Florence Canal (Lock & Dam #1) and Widows Bar Lock & Dam near Stevenson, Alabama. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had begun construction at Lock & Dam #3, later to be named General Joe Wheeler Lock & Dam, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) inherited this project under construction.

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