Public Invited to Tour Great Falls Dam Powerhouse to Celebrate 100 Years of Operation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with Tennessee State Parks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Great Falls Hydroelectric Dam. The public is invited to tour the historic powerhouse on Saturday, April 8.
Anyone who wants to tour the powerhouse must pre-register and reserve their time slot by visiting the Tennessee State Park’s Rock Island website. Tours are available every 20-minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT, and each tour has its own registration page in the site’s “upcoming events” section.
The celebration is part of TVA’s “Built for the People” campaign highlighting the contributions of our hydro-generation fleet. The dam is located near the town of Rock Island in middle Tennessee between Crossville and Cookeville.
Operations at Great Falls began around Jan.1, 1917. TVA acquired Great Falls from the Tennessee Electric Power Company in 1939.
Registered tour participants should park at the beach area of Rock Island State Park, where informational tents and interactive displays will highlight TVA’s mission of service. Buses will transport visitors to the powerhouse. Walk-up seating on the tours will be available by wait-list only.
Coolers and pets are welcome at the park but are not allowed on the bus tours. No alcohol or firearms will be permitted.