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Williamsport aqueduct damaged, 1865

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The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.—The great freshet in the Potomac river has done considerable damage to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The north or birm side of the Williamsport aqueduct, was on Saturday night, by the action of the weather and water suddenly thrown into the Conococheague Creek. This will have a tendency to delay the resumption of navigation for a considerable time.— We learn, however, that temporary expedients may be adopted by which boats may be passed in a comparatively short time, after which the work may be permanently repaired. The work rebuilt after the famous efforts of our rebel friends (!) to destroy this piece of masonry, we are glad to learn stands firm and untouched, a credit to those entrusted with its repair.— Other damage we understand has been done to this work by the late breaking up of ice and rise of the Potomac but it is insignificant.


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C&O National Historic Park

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

Maryland, 1830-1940

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

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