Near Seneca in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Watering the Canal
Life and success on the canal depended on water. To ensure a steady supply of water, the canal company built seven dams and a stream pump along the river. In times of drought or low water, usually during the height of summer, river levels could drop dramatically. When the canal could not get enough water from the river, boat traffic stopped. This caused a loss of revenue for the canal company and the loss of a living for the boat captains.
Erected by C&O Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
Location. 39° 4.018′ N, 77° 19.728′ W. Marker is near Seneca, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Violette's Lock Road, on the right when traveling south. Located at the Rowser's Ford/Violette's Lock section (mile 22) of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Germantown MD 20874, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rowser’s Ford (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seneca (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Rowser’s Ford (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Seneca Aqueduct (approx. 0.7 miles away); Washington's Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away in Virginia); A Veteran’s Life in Montgomery County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Seneca Mills During the Civil War (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Seneca (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a Satellite view of Dam 2, Inlet Lock 2 and Lift Lock 23. Water flows from right to left. To the lower right is a photo of Kate and Alfred Violette who were the last locktenders at Lock 23. Today the area bears their name. On the lower left is a set of illustrations that show how the locks worked to aid the passage of canal boats.
Also see . . . Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. National Park Service site. (Submitted on August 30, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,135 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 30, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on May 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.