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

Creating the Waterfront

 
 
Creating the Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 30, 2017
1. Creating the Waterfront Marker
Inscription.  Before the 1800s, the Southwest Waterfront formed the eastern bank of the Potomac, but sediment accumulated as farming increased, making the river hard to navigate and prone to flooding. In 1882, plans to dredge the river were approved, with materials deposited on nearby mudflats, creating Potomac Park, thereby establishing the Washington Channel as well as the Tidal Basin.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 38° 52.761′ N, 77° 1.559′ W. Marker is in Southwest Waterfront in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Wharf Street Southwest west of Wharf Street Southwest, on the left when traveling west. This marker is on the District Pier at the DC Wharf in Southwest Washington. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 890 Water Street Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Urban Renewal (here, next to this marker); Navigating the Potomac River (a few steps from this marker); Houseboats on the Waterfront (a few steps from this marker); Long Bridge (a
Creating the Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 30, 2017
2. Creating the Waterfront Marker
few steps from this marker); African-American History in Southwest (within shouting distance of this marker); America's Oldest Operating Fish Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterfront Industry and Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Railroad and Waterway (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Waterfront.
 
East Potomac Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 27, 2017
3. East Potomac Park
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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