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C&O Canal Washington Sampler
Tour Location
Country:
USA
From:
Washington
To:
Washington
Tour Information
Duration:
1 day
Level:
Easy
Terrain:
Off Road
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 25
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
34 Miles
Month(s):
May
Tour Operator:
Get Out and Go Tours

C&O Canal Washington Sampler

1 Days Easy 34 MLS

Construction began on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal in 1828, the same year as the B&O Railroad was begun. The railroad won the race to the west, beating the canal to the Ohio Valley by 8 years. The 184-mile canal cost $22 million, and includes 74 lift locks, and 11 stone aqueducts over Potomac tributaries. The first canal boat to travel end-to-end along the canal did so in 1850, more than 150 years before us. The canal was used commercially until 1924 when floods destroyed it for the second time. The towpath, although no longer used to transport tobacco, furs, iron ore, and other goods, is currently maintained as a National Park with numerous trip highlights.
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