Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek

Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek (HM202Z)

Location: Washington, DC 20560
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.517', W 77° 2.011'

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Beginning in 1815, a water transport canal was opened joining the Potomac river and the Anacostia river, then known as the Eastern Branch. The Washington Canal brought building supplies for construction of many buildings in the young city. The canal was built mostly by Irish stone masons, but much of the labor is believed to have been by enslaved African Americans and freemen of color. The canal stones on display were unearthed as part of the water main excavation for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The canal was poorly maintained and beginning in 1871 was covered over by Constitution Avenue. The illustrations of the canal were by Seth Eastman, a military officer and illustrator, who sketched from the canal site during his visits to Washington D.C. in the 1850s.
HM NumberHM202Z
Placed BySmithsonian
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Date Added Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323638 N 4306751
Decimal Degrees38.89195000, -77.03351667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.517', W 77° 2.011'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 31.02" N, 77° 2' 0.66000000000001" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 15th St NW, Washington DC 20560, US
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