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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

NATIONAL HISTORICAL MARKER
CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL

ONE OF THE BEST PRESERVED AND LEAST
ALTERED OF OLD AMERICAN CANALS, THE
CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO GREW FROM
WASHINGTON'S VISION of LINKING THE
VALLEYS OF THE EARLY WEST WITH THE
EAST BY "TIES OF COMMUNICATIONS."
THE POTOMAC COMPANY FOSTERED BY
WASHINGTON TO IMPROVE NAVIGATION OF
THE POTOMAC TRANSFERRED ITS RIGHTS
IN 1828 TO THE CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO
COMPANY ORGANIZED TO CONNECT THE
OHIO AT PITTSBURGH WITH GEORGETOWN
BY A CONTINUOUS CANAL. IN OCTOBER
1850 AFTER 185 MILES WERE BUILT THE
CONSTRUCTION CEASED AT CUMBERLAND.
UNTIL 1924 TRADE CONTINUED ON THE
OLD CANAL. TODAY, IT IS A MEMORIAL TO
NATIONAL PROGRESS AND THE CANAD ERA.

 

 

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