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Mclean in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Patowmack Canal

[Great Falls Park]

 
 
The Patowmack Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
1. The Patowmack Canal Marker
Inscription.
The shallow ditch behind this sign marks the bed of the Great Falls portion of the Patowmack Canal. A system of by-passes to provide riverboats easy passage around waterfalls in the Potomac River; it was promoted by George Washington, and built between 1785 and 1802.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 59.644′ N, 77° 15.158′ W. Marker is in Mclean, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Old Dominion Drive (Virginia Route 738) half a mile north of Georgetown Pike (Virginia Route 193). Click for map. Located on the Patowmack Canal Trail in Great Falls National Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, Mc Lean VA 22102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. People and the Potomac (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); River of Change (about 700 feet away); A Globally Rare Environment (about 700 feet away); Olmsted Island (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named The Patowmack Canal (approx. 0.2
The Patowmack Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
2. The Patowmack Canal Marker
miles away); Great Falls Canal and Locks (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Floods (approx. 0.4 miles away in Maryland); Creating a National Park (approx. 0.4 miles away in Maryland).
 
More about this marker. On the left is a chart of the Potomac River between Harper's Ferry, Virginia and Washington, District of Columbia: identifying the separate canals constructed along its Virginia bank to by-pass the Housos, Shenandoah, and Seneca Falls to the north, as well as the Great and Little Falls near the District of Columbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Great Falls Park: The Patowmack Canal. (Submitted on November 11, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Matildaville. (Submitted on November 11, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
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Remnants of the canal (at right), next to the trail south of the Great Falls Park visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
3. Remnants of the canal (at right), next to the trail south of the Great Falls Park visitor center
Ducks in the Patowmack Canal image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
4. Ducks in the Patowmack Canal
Directional signage, north of the Great Falls Park visitors center image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
5. Directional signage, north of the Great Falls Park visitors center
The Great Falls viewed from overlook near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
6. The Great Falls viewed from overlook near the marker
Northern end of the canal, above the Great Falls image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
7. Northern end of the canal, above the Great Falls
The Potomac River - relatively calm water above the Great Falls and the old canal ditchl image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 19, 2011
8. The Potomac River - relatively calm water above the Great Falls and the old canal ditchl
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 444 times since then. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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