Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Although this stop-lock was a local success, the canal as a whole suffered great damage from periodic floods which became more frequent and violent as land was cleared for farms and towns along the Upper Potomac. By World War I, traffic and revenues on the canal had dwindled to a point where it was touch-and-go to continue operations. After violent spring floods wrecked miles of canal and towpath in 1924, the "old ditch" was closed for good in all but the Georgetown area.
Location. 38° 59.625′ N, 77° 14.737′ W. Marker is in Potomac, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from MacArthur Blvd 1.2 miles west of Falls Road (Route 189). Click for map. Marker is on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath, about a half mile south of the Great Falls Tavern, and just north of the stop-lock described on the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854, Potomac MD 20854, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mather Gorge (approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); Great Falls Canal and Locks (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia); The Patowmack Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); Olmsted Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Creating a National Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); People and the Potomac (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); River of Change (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); A Globally Rare Environment (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Potomac.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.