Washington's Canal

Washington's Canal (HM14JC)

Location: Sterling, VA 20165 Stafford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 3.44', W 77° 19.61'

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This will become the great avenue into the Western Country. - George Washington

The stone wall you see nearby is not just any stone wall; it was built here in the late 1700s as part of George Washington's Patowmack Canal. The wall is a section of the Seneca Bypass, which enabled boatmen to skirt Seneca Falls. The canal was Washington's tireless project to make the Potomac River navigable. His dream would eventually bring commerce to the Atlantic seaboard from the Ohio country and points west, where few men had yet ventured. Although the canal company went bankrupt and Washington died two years before his canal system was finished in 1802, he had succeeded in making the Potomac navigable, if only for a time.
HM NumberHM14JC
Placed ByNorthern Virginia Regional Park Authority
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 4:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 298666 N 4325715
Decimal Degrees39.05733333, -77.32683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.44', W 77° 19.61'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 26.40" N, 77° 19' 36.60" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 498-510 Potomac Heritage Trail, Sterling VA 20165, US
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