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Early Development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Project ( more details)

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The Early Development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Project.


The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, as it exists to-day, lies on the north shore of the Potomac River, forming a navigable water-way between Georgetown, near the head of tide-water in the Potomac, and Cumberland, at the eastern
base of the Alleghany Mountains, where Will's Creek joins the Potomac. The canal is one hundred and eighty-six miles in length, sixty feet wide at the surface (with some ex-
ceptions) and six feet deep...

"The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal project" was some-
thing of a widely different character. It is to the history of the project that this monograph is chiefly devoted. So voluminous are the materials that it has been a difficult matter to select and arrange only those more important acts which have a direct bearing upon the development of the "project." The constant aim, however, has been to
do this in such a manner as to show:

I. The slow process of evolution through which the idea passed; and,

II. The relation of the United States Government to this development.


George Washington Ward

Public domain

Published by Johns Hopkins Press, Johns Hopkins University. Part of the Studies in historical and political science, ser. 17, no. 9-11

This book is available at the Washington County Free Library.


Collection Location:

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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