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Lock 44 after the 1889 flood ( more details)


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LOCK 44 AFTER THE 1889 FLOOD
The 1889 flood broke records for previous floods in the historic period. The same storm that would breach a former canal dam in Pennsylvania to create the Johnstown flood, did enormous damage in the Potomac valley as well. The C&O Canal Company, unable to make the costly repairs, went into bankruptcy and in 1890 the bankruptcy court appointed receivers to repair and operate the canal. The canal would not reopen until September, 1891 and would be operated under the receivership until it closed permanently in 1924.




ID:
wcco041

Rights:
Public domain

Notes:
From the collection of John Frye

See also The Flood at Home, Hagerstown Mail, June 6, 1889.

Date:
1889-06-03

Collection Location:
Hagerstown

Subject:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Coverage:
Maryland, 1824-1938

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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