Friday, August 10, 2012


 Aug. 10, 2012---Remained in Columbus, Mississppi another day. Courtesy Van was available, so 4 mcgees made like tourists. Drove 25 miles to Pickensville, Alabama. The Snagboat "Montgomery"  was built in 1926. She was used to remove trees, sunken logs and other debris that might obstruct river traffic. This steam powered sternwheeler was the last one used to keep seven of the Souths major rivers navigable. Following her retirement in 1982, the Montgomery was restored and put on display just above the Bevill Lock on the Tombigbee. The visitors center does a good job of depicting the history of the Tombigbee.

Info below was copied from the internet.

The Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway (popularly known as the Tenn-Tom) is a 234-mile (377-kilometer) man-made, artificial waterway that extends from the Tennessee River to the junction of the Black Warrior-Tombigbee River system near Demopolis, Alabama, United States. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway links commercial navigation from the nation’s midsection to the Gulf of Mexico. The major features of the waterway are 10 locks and dams. Under construction for twelve years by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was completed in December 1984 at a total cost of nearly $2 billion.[2]

Over to the upper right is a slide show made up of pictures from three different cameras. Photos are in no particular order. Remember to double click on the slide show to bring it up on a more full screen view, has arrows to move forward and back at the desired pace of the viewer.
U.S. Snagboat "Montgomery"
located beside the Tombigbee Waterway

Tom Bevill Visitor Center 

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