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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, commonly known as the C&O Canal, stretches 184.5 miles along the Potomac River between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland. It was built in the early 1800's as a "water highway" to connect the communities along this nearly 200-mile stretch without having to use the oftentimes turbulent and rocky Potomac River for transportation. The canal, which runs parallel to the Potomac, is quite a contrast to the river for its water flows gently, due in part to the meticulous construction of the canal, which has 74 lift locks, seven dams and 11 aqueducts.
By 1924 the once essential C&O Canal was no longer necessary because of major advances in transportation, including the railroad and automobiles, and it stopped operating that year. In 1961 President Eisenhower proclaimed the C&O Canal a national monument, and an act of Congress in 1971 established the canal as a national historical park. Today the path that runs along the canal is a popular haven for runners, walkers, and cyclists, and the peaceful waterway is enjoyed by canoeists and other rowers.
This is a photograph of the C&O Canal in Washington, D.C. near the beginning of its 184.5-mile stretch to Cumberland, Maryland.
May 26th, 2013
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