Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Dredging Museum at Tom Bevill Lock and Dam
Driving through Alabama one day, I turned off the interstate and went to Pickensville to visit the Tom Bevill Lock and Dam. The visitor's center there is built like an old plantation home, filled with exhibits about how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does its dredging and de-snagging of the rivers. While it is mostly about the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway, the museum is pertinent to any of the rivers that the Corps of Engineers keeps open for navigational purposes. A retired de-snagging vessel, the Montgomery, is on display back behind the plantation house / visitors center, and visitors can walk through it, go up to the captains bridge, and check out more exhibits about what a job it is to pull trees and logs out of rivers after floods clog the waterway. Anyway, here are a few pictures of the visitor center and snagboat. Click on the image to see a larger version.