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

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

National Historical Marker

 
 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, November 30, 2014
1. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Marker
Inscription.  One of the best preserved and least altered of old American canals, the Chesapeake and Ohio grew from Washington's vision of linking the valleys of the early west with the east by “ties of communication.”

The Potomac Company fostered by Washington to improve navigation of the Potomac transferred its rights in 1828 to the Chesapeake and Ohio Company organized to connect the Ohio at Pittsburgh with Georgetown by a continuous canal. In October 1850 after 185 miles were built the construction ceased at Cumberland until 1924 trade continued on the old canal. Today, it is a memorial to national progress and the canal era.
 
Erected 1942 by The District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Daughters of the American Revolution series lists.
 
Location. 38° 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 3, 2016
2. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Marker
54.244′ N, 77° 3.415′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Northwest south of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south. The Marker is behind the Four Seasons Hotel along the C&O towpath where it intersects the Rock Creek Park Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Godey's Lime Kilns (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgetown Historic District (about 700 feet away); The Duvall Foundry (about 700 feet away); M Street - A Road Well Traveled (about 800 feet away); Thomas Sim Lee Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ross and Getty House (approx. 0.2 miles away); History Preserved and Adapted (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 15, 2016
3. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Marker
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, at Georgetown Aqueduct Bridge image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
4. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, at Georgetown Aqueduct Bridge
This illustration appeared in Picturesque Washington by Joseph Moore West, 1884.
C&O Canal Milestone 0<br>Georgetown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 2, 2006
5. C&O Canal Milestone 0
Georgetown
C&O Canal Milestone 184.5<br>Cumberland image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 18, 2009
6. C&O Canal Milestone 184.5
Cumberland
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 19, 2019, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on October 16, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4, 5, 6. submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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