Cabin John in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Every time his boat passed through a lock, a boat captain put his life and livelihood in the hands of the locktender. The wooden lock gates were a delicate balance between safety and efficiency. They had to be light enough to allow one man to move them, yet strong enough to hold back 140,000 gallons of water. A skilled locktender could judge and adjust the flow of water in or out of the lock to minimize the risk to boat and lock.
Locktenders were responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of liftlocks. Neglect or carelessness could mean disaster. In exchange for a small monthly salary, an acre of land and a house, locktenders heeded the horn blast of boatmen even at 2 a.m. or on Sunday. After all, time was money.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 58.334′ N, 77° 10.111′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8250 Clara Barton Parkway, Cabin John MD 20818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Drop Gate Locks (a few steps from this marker); Lockhouse 10 (within shouting distance of this marker); Swing-Gate Locks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lock-Keepers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cabin John (approx. one mile away); Cabin John Bridge / Cabin John Aqueduct (approx. 1.1 miles away); Early Blacksmith Shop (approx. 1½ miles away); A Life of Service (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cabin John.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.