Georgetown Incline Plane

Georgetown Incline Plane (HM2EAQ)

Location: Washington, DC 20007
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.54', W 77° 5.593'

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

Here, in 1876, an engineering marvel was built. The largest incline plane in the world and the first built in the United States, carried canal boats to and from the Potomac River. The incline plane was used to help clear heavy boat traffic in Georgetown; canal boats often log-lammed while waiting to unload. Boats left the canal through a lock and entered the incline plane's large water-filled car; the water from the car was drained as two stone-filled, counter-balancing cars, moving in the opposite direction, lowered the boat 480 feet to the river, and on to its Georgetown port.

The incline plane was one of the structures selected to represent American engineering achievements at the Paris Exposition of 1878.
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 Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 318504 N 4308761
Decimal Degrees38.90900000, -77.09321667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.54', W 77° 5.593'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 32.4" N, 77° 5' 35.58" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4435 Canal Rd NW, Washington DC 20007, US
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