Historic Alabama: The power of water

Built in 1926, Martin Dam continues to carry out its functions of flood control, hydroelectric power and providing water

Martin Dam is pictured soon after its 1926 construction. About 10 miles southwest of Dadeville, the concrete arch gravity dam is on the Tallapoosa River, providing flood control, hydroelectric power generation and water supply. The dam was known as the Cherokee Bluffs dam before being named to honor Thomas Wesley Martin, who was president of Alabama Power during the dam’s construction. The dam is 168 feet high and 2,000 feet long. Photo courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives & History.

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This photo appeared in the December 2022 issue of Business Alabama.

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