Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Each spring a miraculous journey begins in the Atlantic Ocean. Blueback herring, Alewife, and other migratory fish swim to Rock Creek by way of the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Members of the herring family come to Rock Creek to spawn. Since at least 1500 BC until the beginning of European settlement in the 1600s, American Indians reaped the bounty of herring during the spawning season. Over time, this age-old fish migration was hindered by dams, fords, and sewer lines, which blocked movement upstream along the length of Rock Creek. From 2004 to 2006, those obstacles were altered or removed to restore the “Herring Highway”.
Rock Creek meanders 33 miles from its source in Montgomery County, Maryland through suburban and densely populated urban areas until it reaches here, the Potomac River. From this point the water continues to flow southeast 112 miles to the Chesapeake Bay and another 80 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.
Rock Creek [background]
Indian grill, John White, 1585 [drawing]
Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project
Erected by Rock Creek Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Canal to the West - Tide Lock (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); History Preserved and Adapted (about 600 feet away); Georgetown Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (approx. ¼ mile away); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (approx. ¼ mile away); At All Hours (approx. ¼ mile away); Creating a National Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Herman Hollerith (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Additional keywords. Ecology
Categories. • Animals • Native Americans • Natural Resources • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.