Water Power

Water Power (HM2B3)

Location: Brunswick, MD 21716 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 18.672', W 77° 37.767'

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Canal water was an important ingredient in the production of "C.F. Wenner's Choice Family Flour." Brunswick businessman Charles F. Wenner drew surplus water from the canal near Lock 30 to power the wheels and turbines of his flour mill. Wenner was one of several 19th century entrepreneurs who expanded the use of the C&O Canal beyond navigational purposes. Along the canal other businessmen built mills that processed items such as corn, wheat, cotton, and lime.

The mills served as the foundation of many communities that formed along the canal. Towns grew and prospered as other businesses including stores, warehouses, and lumber yards opened to provide services. Gradually people became attached to the way of life that evolved around the canal. Although some towns, like Brunswick, survived the demise of the canal in 1924, many people never regained the sense of community that the waterway forged. They mourned not only the loss of a convenient transportation route and power source, but also their dying heritage.
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HM NumberHM2B3
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:29am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273296 N 4354608
Decimal Degrees39.31120000, -77.62945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.672', W 77° 37.767'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 40.32" N, 77° 37' 46.02" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1300-1340 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Brunswick MD 21716, US
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