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Potomac in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Olmsted Island

 

[Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park]

 
Olmsted Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
1. Olmsted Island Marker
Inscription.

Named in honor of
Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
1870 - 1957
Illustrious landscape architect and advocate of the preservation of natural scenery who, as an original member of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission from 1926 to 1932, was instrumental in preserving the Great Falls and Gorge of the Potomac for the use and enjoyment of the people.
Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects
1965

 
Erected 1965 by American Society of Landscape Architects.
 
Location. 38° 59.802′ N, 77° 15.119′ W. Marker is in Potomac, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on the Olmstead Island Trail west of the C&O Canal Towpath. Touch for map. Marker is in the C&O National Historical Park, west of Lock 17 at Canal Mile 14, and approximately 0.3 miles southwest of the National Park Service's Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is accessible west of Potomac, MD., via Falls Rd.; and northwest of Washington, D.C., via MacArthur Blvd. Marker is in this post office area: Potomac MD 20854, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. People and the Potomac (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Virginia);
Olmsted Island Marker and sightseers at the Great Falls Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
2. Olmsted Island Marker and sightseers at the Great Falls Overlook
River of Change (about 500 feet away in Virginia); A Globally Rare Environment (about 500 feet away in Virginia); The Patowmack Canal (about 700 feet away in Virginia); a different marker also named The Patowmack Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); Creating a National Park (approx. mile away); Boats Passing By (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Lift Lock (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Potomac.
 
Also see . . .  Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. (Submitted on November 25, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. "Niagara of the South"; Great Falls Overlook; National Park Service; Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesNotable PlacesWaterways & Vessels
 
The Great Falls of the Potomac - view of gorge, upstream between Olmsted and Falls Islands image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
3. The Great Falls of the Potomac - view of gorge, upstream between Olmsted and Falls Islands
The Virginia shore viewed from Olmsted Island image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
4. The Virginia shore viewed from Olmsted Island
- note sightseers in the overlooks at Great Falls Park, Virginia
Great Falls of the Potomac, view upstream (northwest) from Olmsted Island image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 25, 2011
5. Great Falls of the Potomac, view upstream (northwest) from Olmsted Island
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 464 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 25, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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