Great Falls Park
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —George Washington had a marvelous idea—turn the Potomac River into a navigable waterway linking the East Coast with the Ohio River Valley. To do so, the Patowmack Company, which he helped form, dredged portions of the riverbed and built a series of skirting canals to bypass five falls along the Potomac River. Great Falls, where the river drops 76 feet in less than a mile, was the most difficult to bypass. Starting in 1785, work crews used black powder to blast through rugged cliffs and built five locks to raise or lower boats past the falls. The canal was completed in 1802—about two years after Washington died—and remained in service until 1830. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal bought the Patowmack charter and kept Washington's waterway dream alive until 1924.
|Placed By||National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 304871 N 4318657|
|Decimal Degrees||38.99518333, -77.25315000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 59.711', W 77° 15.189'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 59' 42.66" N, 77° 15' 11.34" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||540, 703, 571, 202|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Old Carriage Rd, McLean VA 22102, US|
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