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Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

An Industrial Georgetown

 
 
An Industrial Georgetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 18, 2015
1. An Industrial Georgetown Marker
Inscription. If you could have walked along the towpath here in the 19th and early 20th century, your senses would have been overwhelmed by industrial pollution. The dust from coal being unloaded from canal boats fogged the air. The stench of animal fat being mixed with lye at Hoffmyer's Tannery and Soap Factory would have overpowered you. The groan of water wheels powering four, grist, and paper mills would have been thunderous. A noisy, dusty and sometimes dangerous place, the canal brought raw goods such as coal, grain, wood, and stone to fuel Georgetown's bustling manufacturing district.

Today the evidence of Georgetown's industrial past is found in the architecture of buildings along the canal. Evidence of water outlets, bricked up chutes, smokestacks, and block and tackle still remain on many buildings. Reborn as offices, homes, and shops, the warehouses and mills of yesterday testify to Georgetown's humble beginnings and early struggle for prosperity.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.267′ N, 77° 4.068′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 34th Street NW. Click for map. Along the C & O Towpath in Georgetown.
An Industrial Georgetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 18, 2015
2. An Industrial Georgetown Marker
Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Star-Spangled Banner (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Scott Key Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest Marbury House (within shouting distance of this marker); Prospect House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Exorcist Steps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hollywood on the Potomac (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Last Home of Stephen Bloomer Balch, D.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
An Industrial Georgetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
3. An Industrial Georgetown Marker
An Industrial Georgetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 18, 2015
4. An Industrial Georgetown Marker
An Industrial Georgetown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 18, 2015
5. An Industrial Georgetown Marker
From the Key Bridge
Georgetown 1900 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
6. Georgetown 1900
View from the Aqueduct Bridge looking east in 1900. The Washington Monument is faintly visible above the roofline on the far right.
Horse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
7. Horse
Architectural detail on nearby building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016.
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