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Big Pool in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mule Power

 
 
Close-up of Mule Power Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 10, 2009
1. Close-up of Mule Power Marker
This marker is just to the west and within 50 yards of the "Four Locks" marker.
Inscription. “Here at Four Locks mule barn, mules rested during the winter months. Boat captains left their mules here, paying a mule tended to care for them. Often the mules grew thin because the keeper did not feed the mules as well as their owners did. Mules were the ‘engines’ for the canal boats.

Normally, a boat captain had four. Two worked while two rested in their stall in the front of the boat. Captains usually cared for mules as if they were part of the family. In the canal’s peak years, the 1870s, there were about 3,000 mules working on the canal.
 
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 36.915′ N, 77° 56.902′ W. Marker is in Big Pool, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Four Locks Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, at mile 108.6. Marker is in this post office area: Big Pool MD 21711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Four Locks (a few steps from this marker);
Mule Power marker with mule barn in the background Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 10, 2009
2. Mule Power marker with mule barn in the background
Mule barn can be seen in the distance. Mule Power marker is in the foreground.
a different marker also named Four Locks (a few steps from this marker); McCoy's Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lancelot Jacques (approx. 1.5 miles away); Stonewall Jackson at Dam 5 (approx. 1.5 miles away); Protecting Cultural Resources (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Federal Signal Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Photos on the marker show mules used to move the canal barges.
 
Additional keywords. Four Locks, Big Pool, Maryland, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, C&O Canal
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 812 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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