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Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Canal Connection
 
The Canal Connection Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
1. The Canal Connection Marker
Click on the image to zoom in to study the map.
 
Inscription. President George Washington commissioned Pierre L'Enfant to design the Capital City in 1790. The L'Enfant Plan included a system of canals to transport heavy goods at a time when roads and streets were few and muddy. The Washington City Canal (green) was opened in 1815. Construction began in 1828 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (yellow) to connect Washington, DC, to the fertile Ohio Valley. The Washington Branch of the C&O Canal (red), built by 1833, joined the two waterways and opened the city to commerce.

The Canal ventures proved to be an expensive investment. The Washington Branch of the C&O Canal and the Washington City Canal carried so little commerce that they were abandoned 30 years after construction. Railroads, not canals, dominated transportation in the nineteenth century. In the 1870s the long process of filling these canals began.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.518′ N, 77° 2.385′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Avenue (U.S. 50) and 17th Street, NW, on the right when traveling east on Constitution Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
Lock Keeper's House Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, March 25, 2006
2. Lock Keeper's House
Photographer is standing on the sidewalk on Constitution Avenue. This marker is hidden by the bushes to the right of the door. The Lock Keeper's House Marker can be seen to the left of the door.
 
At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lock Keeper’s House (here, next to this marker); The Washington City Canal (here, next to this marker); Ysabel I, La Catolica (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Home of the Pan American Union (about 300 feet away); José Artigas Memorial (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in front of the Lock Keeper's House, to the right of the door.
 
Also see . . .  The Mall. Has a link to a map showing what was also known as the Tiber Canal. (Submitted on March 28, 2006.) 
 
The Canal Connection Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
3. The Canal Connection Marker
Partly blocked by the bushes.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,569 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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