Lake Wheeler, Tennessee


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Lake Wheeler, Tennessee

Wheeler Dam was named for Joseph Wheeler. a general in the army of confederacy, leader of the U.S. volunteers in the Spanish-American War. Wheeler Dam was the second dam built by the T.V.A., Norris Dam being the first.

The construction of Wheeler Dam was started on November 31,1933 and was completed October 3, 1936. Wheeler was the T.V.A.s second project and the construction started just six months after President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation that created the T.V.A. The total cost of construction of the reservoir was $88,690,882 taking more than 6,813,160 man hours to complete. The dam itself contains 631,000 cubic yards of concrete. Wheeler Dam and Reservoir was constructed for the purpose of electric power, flood control, navigation, recreation, an adequate supply of water and other related benefits.

The Dam is 72 feet tall and 6,342 feet long. The reservoir is 67,100 acres with a shoreline of 1,063 miles. There was 66 injuries incurred during the construction of the dam and reservoir with 2 fatalities. 842 families had to be relocated. There were 242 agreements made to move gravesites with only 176 actually removed.

Wheeler Lake is on the Tennessee River and is surrounded by Lawrence and Lauderdale Counties in Alabama.

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