Mule Power

Mule Power (HM2562)

Location: Washington, DC 20007
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.248', W 77° 3.618'

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

Mules were the "engines" for the canal boats. Normally, a boat captain had four mules. Two worked while two rested in their stall in the front of the boat. Captains usually cared for their mules as if they were part of the family. In the canal's peak years, the 1870s, there were about 3,000 mules working on the canal.

The mules portable feed trough was carried on the boat. Rest stops were infrequent, but provided a break in the routine.

A mule, a cross between a male donkey and a female horse, combines the size and temperament of a horse and the strength, endurance, and ears of a donkey.
HM NumberHM2562
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 7:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321346 N 4308155
Decimal Degrees38.90413333, -77.06030000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.248', W 77° 3.618'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 14.88" N, 77° 3' 37.08" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Washington DC 20007, US
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