2013-03-20 / Front Page

Corps celebrates 50th anniversary of dams


The public is invited to the celebration and tours of Fort Gaines lock and dam Thursday. The public is invited to the celebration and tours of Fort Gaines lock and dam Thursday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a ceremony Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. at the Walter F. George powerhouse to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the locks and dams at Walter F. George and George W. Andrews.

The two dams along the Chattahoochee River provide lakes which offer a host of recreational and sporting opportunities to millions of people each year.

The lock and dam and lake at Fort Gaines was named after former Georgia U.S. Senator Walter F. George. The dam and lake near Columbia was named after former Alabama U.S. Representative George W. Andrews.

Speakers will include Corps Mobile District leaders, former employees and family members of Walter F. George and George W. Andrews. The ceremony will include facility tours, historic displays and refreshments.

The Walter F. George powerhouse is located on Powerhouse Road — the first road to the right after crossing the river bridge into Alabama. Onsite parking and transportation will be available. For more information call 229-768-2516 or visit www.sam.usace.-army.mil.

Watch a video about the dam and lake at http://www.chattahoocheeheritage.org/2012/04/walter-f-george-dam/.

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