Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Creating a National Park
Look around you. The park you stand in exists because people cared. In January 1954, Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court of the United States responded to a Washington Post editorial recommending that the C&O Canal be turned into a parkway. Writing in support of preserving the canal as a national park, Douglas wrote, “It is a sanctuary that would be utterly destroyed by a fine two lane highway.” He invited the editors and other reporters to join him on a hike of the entire canal to enjoy its beauty and better understand his point. Merlo Pusey, who wrote the editorial, and his editor Robert Estabrook accepted the challenge.
On March 22, 1954, the hike began near Cumberland. Douglas and his companions invited authorities on the natural and cultural history of the Potomac River and the C&O Canal to join them. The hikers learned about the canal and enjoyed the scenery. After the hike, Estabrook wrote an editorial in the Post supporting setting the canal aside as a national park. The walk, and the news stories it generated, motivated hundreds to fight to save the canal. In 1961 the C&O Canal was preserved as a National Monument. Through Douglas's
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 38° 54.255′ N, 77° 3.622′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on C&O Canal Towpath 0 miles west of Thomas Jefferson Street, NW. Touch for map. The C&O Canal Towpath is an official street in this area because there are private residences accessible only by the towpath. It is pedestrian-only since it is too narrow for cars in places and set below street level. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At All Hours (here, next to this marker); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Herman Hollerith (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Stone House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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