Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Potomac River and nearby Rock Creek meet quietly here at Tide Lock.
Years ago, canal boats locked into Rock Creek from the C&O Canal about a half-mile upstream and then through Tide Lock into the bustling world of the Potomac waterfront. Coal, building stones, and other cargo were unloaded at busy wharves or transferred to schooners and steamships. A skirting canal along the river bank led to the Washington City Canal which followed what is now Constitution Avenue to wharves on the Anacostia River.
Though few signs remain of its heyday, the Georgetown riverfront once livened to the shouts of sailors, canallers, longshoremen, and the impatient braying of canal mules tethered near the present-day Thompson’s boat house.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
Location. 38° 53.983′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 (here, next to this marker); Tide Lock and Rock Creek Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Watergate Hotel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herring Highway (about 600 feet away); Benito Juárez Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); History Preserved and Adapted (approx. 0.2 miles away); Godey's Lime Kilns (approx. ¼ mile away); Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2020, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.