A Work of Art

A Work of Art (HM15KJ)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 41.886', W 78° 10.686'

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Looking at the remaining iron railings and graceful arch of the Tonoloway Aqueduct, it is easy to see why canal company officials referred to the eleven aqueducts along the canal as "works of art." Built between 1835 and 1839, Aqueduct 7 carried the canal across Tonoloway Creek. Time and floods have not been kind to the Tonoloway Aqueduct. Years of carrying water and canal boats took a toll on the sides of the aqueduct, eventually causing it to collapse. Debris carried by flood waters damaged and washed away iron railings. To protect the aqueduct the National Park Service built steel braces to support the arch and remaining walls.

Even in 1863 the Tonoloway Aqueduct suffered from maintenance problems; leaking water washed away mortar and weakened the masonry.

HM NumberHM15KJ
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 12:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 741952 N 4398057
Decimal Degrees39.69810000, -78.17810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.886', W 78° 10.686'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 53.16" N, 78° 10' 41.16" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-31 N Church St, Hancock MD 21750, US
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