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Lock 33 - canal empty ( more details)

Lock 33 Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Lock 33 near Harpers Ferry in this image is dry. It is possible that it was breached by a flood and the boats were left high and dry. There is a somewhat similar image of the canal that has been dated as after the 1889 flood. The Bollman Bridge across the Potomac is in the background.

Over the years there have been several buildings near Lock 33 across the river from Harpers Ferry and near the railroad bridge. The ruins of the stone house currently beside the road are popularly known as the “Salty Dog Tavern.” Although this stone building had a tavern in it at times, it was not this building, but a frame building beside it that no longer exists, that had a tavern popularly called the “Salty Dog” in the 1930s and 40s (after the canal had closed).


Public domain

Mile 60.7
NPS File 779

In an interview conducted by the NPS in 1966 Roy Gray, Pat Boyer and Raleigh Bender described the business in the weatherboard building, owned by Mr. Spencer. The stone building was just a warehouse. Harpers Ferry residents would shop at Spencer's for items like liquor that they could not buy in Harpers Ferry. The boatmen would buy groceries there too. Mr. Spencer would take his profits across the bridge to the bank in Harpers Ferry in a wheelbarrow.

1880s ?

Collection Location:
C&O National Historic Park

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

Maryland, 1824-1938

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

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