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The Tallapoosa River runs from the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia in the United States south and west into Alabama. It is formed by the confluence of McClendon Creek and Mud Creek in Paulding County, Georgia. Lake Martin at Alexander City, Alabama is a large and popular water recreation area formed by a dam on the river. The Tallapoosa joins the Coosa River about 10 miles northeast of Montgomery near Wetumpka in Elmore County to form the Alabama River. Four dams on the Tallapoosa are important sources of electricity generation for Alabama Power, a unit of the Southern Company and recreation for the citizens of Alabama. Appalachians in North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains (French: les Appalaches) are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa County and Elmore County in the U.S. state of Alabama. ... Nickname: Location in Alabama Coordinates: , Country United States State Alabama County Tallapoosa Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor Barbara H. Young Area  - City  39. ... The Coosa River is the major tributary when it joins the Tallapoosa River near Wetumpka, Alabama to form the Alabama River. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Mayor Bobby Bright Area    - City 404. ... There is also the Wetumpka crater Wetumpka is a city located in Elmore County, Alabama. ... The Alabama River at Montgomery in 2004 The Alabama River, in the U.S. state of Alabama, is formed by the Tallapoosa and Coosa rivers, which unite about six miles above Montgomery. ... Electricity generation is the first process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... Alabama Power is a company in the southern United States that provides electricity service to 1. ... Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a US electricity corporation. ...

Tallapoosa River Drainage Map - Alabama
Tallapoosa River Near Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, 1996.
Tallapoosa River Near Elmore/Macon County Line, US Hwy 229, 1998.
Tallapoosa River Below Tallassee Falls, 2007.
Kayak Fishing, Tallapoosa River, 2007.

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Tallapoosa River Impoundments

The Tallapoosa River, at the site where Yates Dam now sits, was the site of the first hydroelectric dam in Alabama, built in 1902 by Henry C. Jones an Auburn University electrical engineer. Rebuilt after the flood of 1919, the dam that then belonged to the Montgomery Light & Water Power Company was replaced by the 1928 Yates Dam.[3] Hydroelectric dam diagram The waters of Llyn Stwlan, the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped-Storage Scheme in north Wales, can just be glimpsed on the right. ... Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. ...


The following table outlines the four impoundments on the Tallapoosa River from the south to north.

Impoundment Description Images
Lake Thurlow (Lower Tallasee Dam) Lake Thurlow was impounded in 1930. Thurlow Dam was built in Tallassee at the site of an early 19th century textile mill that was used during the Civil War as a uniform and ammunition plant. The Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bridge spans the river immediately south of Thurlow Dam.
Lake Yates (Upper Tallasee Dam) Lake Yates was impounded July 1st, 1928 and named for Eugene A. Yates, the Chief Engineer for Alabama Power dam building efforts hired in 1912. The nearest town is Tallassee, Alabama. One public access site is maintained by Alabama Power. [4], [5] thumbYates Dam As Seen From Thurlow Dam, 1996.
Lake Martin Lake Martin was impounded December 31st, 1926 and named for Thomas Martin, president of Alabama Power Company from 1920 to 1949 and chief executive officer from 1949 to 1963. The lake impounds 40,000 acres (160 km²) with 700 miles (1000 km) of shoreline. The nearest town is Alexander City, Alabama. Lake Martin is an Alabama Power lake with an 154,200 kilowatt generating capacity. It is an excellent recreational lake with fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill and other sunfish, crappie, catfish, striped bass, striped bass and white bass. Alabame Power maintain eleven public access sites maintained on the lake.[6] thumbMartin Dam and Powerhouse, 1996.
Lake R. L. Harris (Lake Wedowee) Lake R. L. Harris Lake was impounded April 20th, 1983 and named for Rother L. "Judge" Harris, an Alabama Power director and vice president of electric operations. The lake impounds 10,600 acres (43 km²) with 271 miles of shoreline. The nearest town is Wedowee, Alabama. R. L. Harris is an Alabama Power lake with an 135,000 kilowatt generating capacity. It is an excellent recreational lake with fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill and other sunfish, crappie, catfish, striped bass, hybrid and white bass. Alabama Power maintains six public access sites on the lake. [7] thumbR. L. Harris Dam, 1996.

Nickname: Location of Tallassee Coordinates: , Country United States State Alabama County Elmore Incorporated October 24, 1835 Government  - Mayor Robert E. Payne Area  - City  10. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location in Alabama Coordinates: , Country United States State Alabama County Tallapoosa Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor Barbara H. Young Area  - City  39. ... Binomial name Micropterus salmoides The Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a species of fish. ... Binomial name Micropterus punctulatus (Rafinesque, 1819) The spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. ... Binomial name Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, 1819 The Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish. ... Species - white crappie - black crappie Pomoxis is a genus of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. ... Families Akysidae Amblycipitidae Amphiliidae Anchariidae Andinichthyidae â€  Ariidae Aspredinidae Astroblepidae Auchenipteridae Austroglanididae Bagridae Callichthyidae Cetopsidae Chacidae Clariidae Claroteidae Cranoglanididae Diplomystidae Doradidae Erethistidae Heptapteridae Hypsidoridae â€  Ictaluridae Lacantuniidae Loricariidae Malapteruridae Mochokidae Nematogenyiidae Pangasiidae Pimelodidae Plotosidae Pseudopimelodidae Schilbeidae Scoloplacidae Siluridae Sisoridae Trichomycteridae incertae sedis   Conorhynchos   Horabagrus   Phreatobius Catfish (order Siluriformes) are a very diverse... Binomial name Morone saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792) The striped bass Morone saxatilis is a member of the temperate bass family native to North America but widely introduced elsewhere. ... // This article is about a biological term. ... Binomial name Morone chrysops (Rafinesque, 1820) The white bass or sand bass (Morone chrysops) is a freshwater fish of the temperate bass family Moronidae. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Wedowee is a town located in Randolph County, Alabama. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Significant tributaries

The Tallapoosa River's drainage has many significant tributaries which reflected below based on their location within the watershed. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

Location Tributaries
Headwaters to H.L. Harris Dam Little Tallapoosa River
H.L. Harris Dam to Martin Dam Emuckfaw Creek, Sandy Creek, Wind Creek, Chikasanoxee Creek, Hillabee Creek
Martin Dam to Yates Dam
Yates Dam to Thurlow Dam No Major Tributaries
Thurlow Dam to Coosa River Confluence Saugahatchee Creek, Tumcheehatchee Creek, Chubbehatchee Creek, Cubahatchee Creek, Calabee Creek

Advocates

The Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association, founded in 1890 in Gadsden, Alabama to promote navigation on the Coosa River is a leading advocate of the economic, recreational and environmental benefits of the Coosa and Tallapoosa River systems.[8]


The Alabama Rivers Alliance works to unite the citizens of Alabama to protect peoples right to clean, healthy, waters.[9]


Alabama Water Watch is dedicated to volunteer citizen monitoring of water quality in Alabama Rivers.[10]


The Alabama Power Foundation is a non-profit foundation providing grants for watershed, environmental and community projects along the Tallapoosa River and within the state of Alabama[11]


The Coosa River Basin Initative is a grassroots environmental organization with the mission of informing and empowering citizens so that they may become involved in the process of creating a clean, healthy and economically viable Coosa River Basin.[12]


Major Cities

A number of significant cities lie on the banks of the Tallapoosa River. They include:

Heflin is a city located in Cleburne County, Alabama. ... Buchanan is a city located in Haralson County, Georgia. ... Tallapoosa is a city located in Haralson County, Georgia. ... Wedowee is a town located in Randolph County, Alabama. ... Nickname: Location in Alabama Coordinates: , Country United States State Alabama County Tallapoosa Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor Barbara H. Young Area  - City  39. ... Dadeville is a city located in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. ... Nickname: Location of Tallassee Coordinates: , Country United States State Alabama County Elmore Incorporated October 24, 1835 Government  - Mayor Robert E. Payne Area  - City  10. ... Wetumpka is a city in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Mayor Bobby Bright Area    - City 404. ...

References

  • Atkins, Leah Rawl (2006). "Developed for the Service of Alabama" - The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company 1906-2006. Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Power Company. ISBN 978-0-9786753-0-1. 
  • Jackson, Harvey H. III (1997). Putting Loafing Streams To Work-The Building of Lay, Mitchell, Martin, and Jordan Dams, 1910-1929. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0817308792. 
  • Jackson, Harvey H. III (1995). Rivers of History-Life on the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Cahaba and Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0817307710. 

Notes

  1. ^ American Rivers Organization Paper on Tallapoosa River
  2. ^ Alabama White Water Website
  3. ^ Atkins, Leah Rawl (2006). "Developed for the Service of Alabama" - The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company 1906-2006. Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Power Company, 154-55. ISBN 978-0-9786753-0-1. 
  4. ^ Atkins, Leah Rawl (2006). "Developed for the Service of Alabama" - The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company 1906-2006. Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Power Company, 37-38. ISBN 978-0-9786753-0-1. 
  5. ^ Atkins, Leah Rawl (2006). "Developed for the Service of Alabama" - The Centennial History of the Alabama Power Company 1906-2006. Birmingham, Alabama: Alabama Power Company, 154-55. ISBN 978-0-9786753-0-1. 
  6. ^ Alabama Power Website, Facts About Dams
  7. ^ Alabama Power Website, Facts About Dams
  8. ^ Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association Website, History
  9. ^ Alabama Rivers Alliance Website
  10. ^ Alabama Water Watch Website
  11. ^ Alabama Power Foundation Website
  12. ^ Coosa River Basin Initative Website
  13. ^ Montgomery Water and Sewer Works Facilities

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Tallapoosa County, Alabama (297 words)
Tallapoosa county was created by the Alabama legislature on December 18, 1832 from land acquired from the Creek Cession of March 24, 1832.
Tallapoosa County is located in the east-central part of the state and is bordered by Clay, Randolph, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Elmore, and Coosa counties.
Tallapoosa had a 2000 census count of 41,475, reporting less than 3,000 additional residents in a 20 year time period.
Tallapoosa River (657 words)
The upper reaches of the Tallapoosa are small, and frequent logjams and seasonal low water make the section upstream of GA 27/1 (between Buchanan and Cedartown) less than ideal for float fishing.
The Tallapoosa River is somewhat of a hybrid- a cross between the rocky streams of the mountains and the woodier, slower streams of the Piedmont.
The Tallapoosa is also the site of one of the more famous battles between Eastern Indians (the Creeks) and early settlers (including Corporal Andrew Jackson) at Horseshoe Bend in 1814.
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