Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Tennessee (river)

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TENNESSEE, a river of the United States, formed by the union of two streams in the E. part of the State of Tennessee, flows S. W., passes through the N. part of Alabama, then flows N. through the W. part of Tennessee and Kentucky, and enters the Ohio, of which it is the largest tributary, about 10 miles below the confluence of the Cumberland. Length, about 1,200 miles. It is navigable 259 miles for steamers to Florence, at the foot of the Muscle-shoal rapids, which are passed by a canal 36 miles long; and above these there is navigation for boats for 250 miles.