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Brunswick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fall and Rise of an Aqueduct

 
 
Fall and Rise of an Aqueduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 15, 2017
1. Fall and Rise of an Aqueduct Marker
Inscription. In 1834, the Catoctin Creek Aqueduct at Mile 51.5 opened a critical link in one of America's pioneering transportation corridors. One of eleven aqueducts, it was often called the most beautiful aqueduct on the line. After the C&O Canal ceased operations in 1924, the aqueduct entered a period of decay. Floods, ice, and erosion took their toll. In 2005, the Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration Fund joined with the National Park Service, the State of Maryland, Frederick County, and local organizations to restore the historic landmark, and provide a safe and memorable park experience for towpath visitors at Catoctin Creek. Aided by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the restoration team completed their work in August 2011.

(Caption) Park staff used foam board patterns to help determine where individual stones should go-- exactly where canal builders had them originally. It was painstaking work.

(Caption) Government and private-sector leaders broke ground for the restoration.

(Caption) Divers inspected the aqueduct's foundations and recovered original stones.

(Caption) Stone by stone, the restoration team reassembled the Catoctin Aqueduct.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 18.664′ N, 77° 

Decay and Collapse image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl
2. Decay and Collapse
Catoctin Aqueducts in 1945, looking downstream toward the Potomac River. Note that the upstream parapet has fallen off. In 1973, most of the aqueduct collapsed. Temporary bridges kept the towpath open for park visitors, but the once proud aqueduct was hardly recognizable.
34.088′ W. Marker is in Brunswick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on C & O Canal Towpath. Touch for map. The marker is on the eastern side of the aqueduct on the C&O Canal Towpath. Marker is in this post office area: Brunswick MD 21716, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aqueduct Stones (a few steps from this marker); The Beautiful Aqueduct (a few steps from this marker); Stones Reunited (a few steps from this marker); Catoctin Aqueduct (a few steps from this marker); A Lockkeeper's Life (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lakin 2nd (approx. 1 miles away); Lockhouse 28 (approx. 2.3 miles away); A Canal Home (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brunswick.
 
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Fall and Rise of an Aqueduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 15, 2017
3. Fall and Rise of an Aqueduct Marker
The aqueduct and railroad viaduct can be seen in the background.
The Aqueduct From the East image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 15, 2017
4. The Aqueduct From the East
A Closeup of the Restored Stonework image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 15, 2017
5. A Closeup of the Restored Stonework
The Catoctin Aqueduct image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, October 10, 2016
6. The Catoctin Aqueduct
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 109 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 25, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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