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C&O Ship Canel - Potomac River

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C&O Ship Canel - Potomac River

Mary (View posts)
Posted: 4 Jul 2002 10:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Is anyone working on the C&O Ship Canel which runs something like 184 miles from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C.....on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Passes places such as Harpers Ferry, Falls Church, etc.

On our recent vacation, we saw parts of this canel, and I am interested in life along it during its heyday. I understand a lot of the canel boats were built at Cumberland, Maryland.....that something like 2,000 mules were used to pull the boats....that an industrial revolution took place along this canel at places such as Harpers Ferry (the Arms factories of the Federal Government).....tons of coal moved on this canel....

just wondered if anyone else might be interested in the canel say 1820s to Civil War time.

I know George Washington lost a lot of money trying to build a canel......

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Mary 4 Jul 2002 4:15PM GMT 
Nettie_Marie 1 Sep 2002 10:59AM GMT 
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