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

Tide Lock and Rock Creek Basin

Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 6, 2020
1. Tide Lock and Rock Creek Basin Marker
Inscription.  The 184.5-mile-long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal begins at the Tide Lock and ends at Cumberland, Maryland. Here canal boats entered the canal to bypass mountains, swift currents, and shallows. Boats exited the Tide Lock into the Potomac River to proceed to downstream ports to off-load cargo.

[Captions:]
A 200-foot dam (right side of photo below) crossed the mouth of Rock Creek, creating a basin where canal boats docked and off loaded cargo.

Boats from Tide Lock could enter the Potomac River and go downstream to the Washington Branch Canal, where present-day Constitution Avenue is located. A lockhouse building still standing at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue is the only remaining evidence of this branch canal.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.997′ N, 77° 3.468′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia
Tide Lock and Rock Creek Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 6, 2020
2. Tide Lock and Rock Creek Basin Marker
, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Virginia Avenue Northwest just west of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 Virginia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Canal to the West - Tide Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Herring Highway (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Watergate Hotel (about 800 feet away); History Preserved and Adapted (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benito Juárez Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Godey's Lime Kilns (approx. ¼ mile away); Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Georgetown Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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