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Williamsport in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lock 44

 
 
Lock 44 Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
1. Lock 44 Marker
Inscription. With the canal came industry and commerce, and that was no exception at Lock 44. While the only structures left standing at this pot are Lockhouse 44 and the lock, during the operating days of the canal businesses existed here. The Steffey and Findlay Warehouse was located on the berm side of the canal where you can now only see the stone wharf. Darby's Flour Mill was located just upstream from the warehouse. Mills along the canal were required to lease water rights from the canal since the canal made money to pay for repairs. The flour mill was destroyed by fire in 1920, just four years before the canal closed. The canal also provided recreational activities for the citizens of Williamsport. Harvey Brant, the last locktender at Lock 44, supplemented his income by providing canoe boat rentals and selling ice cream and soda to those that came down to the canal on the weekends to watch the boats go through the lock.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 35.671′ N, 77° 49.502′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles south of Canal Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is between the parking lot and lock 44, at the
Lock 44 Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
2. Lock 44 Marker
Closeup on the historical text, in the lower left portion of the marker.
end of Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport MD 21795, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Canal Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bowie List (approx. 0.2 miles away); River View Cemetery (approx. mile away); Doubleday Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Doubleday Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abner Doubleday (approx. 0.3 miles away); The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Lock 44 Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
3. Lock 44 Marker
Lock 44 and the lockhouse are in the background.
Lock 44 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
4. Lock 44
View from the towpath side of the lock, looking southward.
Lock 44 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 27, 2016
5. Lock 44
View of the lock's southern end.
Lockhouse 44 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 27, 2016
6. Lockhouse 44
Lock 44 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 27, 2016
7. Lock 44
Algae-covered turtles floating in the lock.
C&O Canal image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 27, 2016
8. C&O Canal
A canal tour boat just north of lock 44.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 15, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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