Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hidden History in DC

Amidst all the grandeur of Washington, DC, there's a fascinating bit of hidden history: the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.


It runs through Georgetown just south of M street and flows into the Potomac near Foggy Bottom.





The C&O Canal, as its colloquially called, has been preserved thanks to the vision of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. In 1954, he called upon those in power to preserve the canal as a National Monument.

It worked. Today, the canal is maintained by the National Parks Service and is a great, out-of-the-way place to see a bit of preserved American history -- without the lines at the other monuments and sights DC has to offer.


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Photos by Carl Dombek
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