The C&O Canal in Williamsport Historical

The C&O Canal in Williamsport Historical (HM1T48)

Location: Williamsport, MD 21795 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.033', W 77° 49.556'

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Though the C&O Canal construction started in 1828, it did not reach Williamsport until 1833. During that year of construction a Cholera epidemic broke out that took the lives of 33 people. The following year the Canal and Aqueduct were completed in Williamsport. The first canal boat arrived in Williamsport from Cumberland loaded with coal in 1850. The Western Maryland Railroad reached Williamsport in 1873 presenting the Town with a clash of transportation modes. To accomodate both rail and canal traffic, in 1923 the Western Maryland Railway Lift Bridge was constructed just south of Cushwa Basin. The bridge was intended to lift the tracks to allow the passage of canal boats. That same year marked the passing of the last canal boat through Williamsport.

Williamsport is the only place on the canal where multiple examples of major canal structures can be viewed within a half-mile stretch:

Conococheague Creek Aqueduct
Cushwa Basin
Cushwa Coach & Brick Warehouse
Trolley Barn
Western Maryland Railway Lift Bridge
Iron 'Bollman'Bridge
Lock 44
HM NumberHM1T48
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Date Added Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 257360 N 4387239
Decimal Degrees39.60055000, -77.82593333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.033', W 77° 49.556'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 1.98" N, 77° 49' 33.36" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 139 W Potomac St, Williamsport MD 21795, US
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