Download e-book for iPad: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, The (Images of America) by Mary H. Rubin

By Mary H. Rubin

With the founding of his Patowmack corporation in 1785, George Washington first was hoping to make the Potomac River a manageable path to America's West. The skirting canals the corporate developed round the nice Falls rapids at Harpers Ferry, Seneca, and Little Falls made the Potomac's dashing waters navigable. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal corporation used to be chartered by means of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania in 1828 to construct a very necessary canal via to the Ohio Valley. President John Quincy Adams grew to become the 1st spadeful of dust on Independence Day of 1828 for what used to be hailed because the "Great nationwide venture" to attach Georgetown to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The canal created a complete neighborhood of individuals and a life-style varied from the other. on the top of operations, over 500 boats plied the 184.5 miles of the canal's waters. After many fiscal problems, festival from railroads, and the devastating results of the Civil warfare in addition to a flood, the canal went into receivership and was once closed in 1924. In 1954, ideal court docket Justice William O. Douglas introduced cognizance again to the canal with a struggle to maintain the traditional attractiveness for neighborhood citizens. at the present time, the canal-listed as a countrywide old Park-provides hundreds of thousands with leisure possibilities, scenic nature trails, and lovely views.

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