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

The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

 
 
The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2016
1. The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley Marker
Inscription. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was a crucial strand in an economic web stretching from the mountain town of Cumberland to the tidewater ports of Georgetown and Alexandria.

The canal depended on the prosperity of the nearby towns, businesses and industries for its own financial security. A poor crop in the Potomac Valley or a miner's strike in the Cumberland coal fields meant a loss of revenue from the transportation of flour or coal.

At the same time, people in towns along the canal route like Hancock, Maryland looked to the canal for employment and supplemental income. Regular purchases of food, supplies, and feed by the canallers boosted the town's economy.

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Hancock, Maryland circa 1900
Taney Warehouse, Hancock, Maryland
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 41.878′ N, 78° 10.752′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Canal Street and North Church Street. Touch for map. Located on the C&O Canal Towpath. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2016
2. The C&O Canal: Serving the Potomac Valley Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hancock in the Canal Era (a few steps from this marker); Discover the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Beginning (within shouting distance of this marker); Major James Breathed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hancock Station (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Discover the Trail (about 300 feet away); Hancock (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Hancock (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
 
Also see . . .  Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on July 25, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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