A Lockkeeper's Life Historical

A Lockkeeper's Life Historical (HM1WMS)

Location: Jefferson, MD 21755 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 18.375', W 77° 33.498'

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Lockkeepers were available anytime of the day or night to operate this lock. Tending lock was often a family venture and the canal company preferred family men. Lockkeepers were paid as much as $600 a year, and were provided a lockhouse with a garden plot. the last lockkeepers here at Lander were Lewis H. "Bugs" Cross, his wife Mamie, and their four children. The family operated Lock 29 from 1917 until the canal closed in 1924. For nearly 40 years they continued to live in the lockhouse after the canal had stopped operating.
(Caption) Lewis "Bugs" Cross was the last lockkeeper at Lander. Bugs lived here until his death in 1962.
(Caption) Flood waters in 1936 (right) almost reached the second floor of the lockhouse. Damage from the 1996 floods prompted the National Park Service to restore the building's exterior.
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Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 9:05am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 279415 N 4353883
Decimal Degrees39.30625000, -77.55830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.375', W 77° 33.498'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 22.5" N, 77° 33' 29.88" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Jefferson MD 21755, US
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