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Near Point of Rocks in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lockhouse 28

 
 
Lockhouse 28 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 1, 2017
1. Lockhouse 28 Marker
Inscription. Completed in 1837, Lockhouse 28 stands where fierce competition between the C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad brought both to a standstill. Both sides fought long and hard in the race to reach the Ohio River valley and control mid-Atlantic western trade. The area at Point of Rocks caused bitter conflicts because of the narrow right-of-way here. Ownership of this land was crucial to winning the race.

Both sides refused to give up ground. The canal company won the legal battle, but a compromise was reached, the right-of-way would be shared. The C&O would build next to the river, and the B&O would carve its way through the mountain above the canal. The race to the Ohio and western trade continued for the next 90 years. The abandoned canal and the busy railroad tracks show who lost and who won.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 16.901′ N, 77° 32.861′ W. Marker is near Point of Rocks, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from C&O Canal Towpath. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks MD 21777, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Canal Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle at Point of Rocks

Inset on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 1, 2017
2. Inset on Marker
The boatman and their mules resigned themselves to sharing space with the swifter-moving trains
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Point of Rocks (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Clash On Loudoun Soil (approx. 0.7 miles away in Virginia); Loudoun County / Maryland (approx. 0.8 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Lockkeeper's Life (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Point of Rocks.
 
Also see . . .  C&O Canal Trust: Canal Quarters. Lockhouse 28 is one of six lockhouses that are available to reserve for overnight stays. (Submitted on January 9, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.) 
 
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Lockhouse 28 Marker and Lock 28 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 1, 2017
3. Lockhouse 28 Marker and Lock 28
Lockhouse 28 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 1, 2017
4. Lockhouse 28
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 339 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 10, 2017.
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