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Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fighting Floods

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2020
1. Fighting Floods Marker
Inscription.  The C&O Canal was built within the Potomac river floodplain and floods routinely threatened the canal and towpath. Stop gates were erected at particularly vulnerable locations to deflect the destructive waters. A stop gate consisted of sunken stone piers that offered a permanent framework for wooden planks that could be stacked quickly. But serious flooding still occurred, damaging the canal and causing economic setbacks that contributed to the demise of the canal system.

Floods continued to plague the canal path as illustrated in this photograph of a breach in the towpath near Old Angler's Inn after the 1996 flood.
 
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
 
Location. 38° 59.896′ N, 77° 14.915′ 

Fighting Floods Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2020
2. Fighting Floods Marker
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W. Marker is in Potomac, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Potomac MD 20854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Geologic Barrier (a few steps from this marker); Creating a National Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Falls Tavern (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Great Falls Tavern (about 800 feet away); Washington Aqueduct (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Great Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olmsted Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); People and the Potomac (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Potomac.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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