Downstream from Lock 38 ( more details)
Mules feeding downstream from lock 38. The water in the canal is very low, so the mules are resting on the tow path, with their troughs nearby. The railroad bridge to Shepherdstown is in the background.
From the collection of John Frye.
James Eaton's oral history recorded in 1974:
Well, it was - I'll tell you, it wasn't too much. Mostly swimming, we'd get together and stuff like that there, and - well, we'd do a little fishing or pick berries or something. We'd get together. We didn't actually have too much time to get together, unless there'd be low water someplace, like there wasn't enough water for the canal to run, they'd have low water or something, we couldn't go - we'd lay as high as 30 days on your dam number six. Had low water there in 1922. We laid 30 days there before we had enough rain, what I mean, up this way. See, this is the feeder lock up here at Cumberland, fed the water clear to dam number six. That's Great Cacapon. And they had an inlet lock there, down further.
So we just had to wait til come the rain. We laid there 30 days, what I mean, then lots of times, — well, that was a good get together. Well, it was just like a wagon train. We'd all get together, you know what I mean, and they'd have times, the captains, they would play cards, they'd clean the stable out and whitewash it. Of course, they'd put all the stock out, you know what I mean, lots of times they wouldn't keep it in the stables. They'd keep them out tied to the bank, troughs, and feed them out there.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History