Oldtown and Lock 70

Oldtown and Lock 70 (HM2L6G)

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N 39° 32.391', W 78° 36.732'

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The basin before you, above Lock 70, provided a landing for canal boats. A general store was built adjoining the original lockhouse. Across the lock a feed store was built. Boatmen could leave the hustle and bustle of Cumberland and tie up here to purchase needed supplies and feed for their mules for the trip down canal.

The town prospered with the canal but became the quiet village it is now with the canal closed in 1924.

The original lockhouse and general store burned in 1906 and was replaced by the present, two-story frame lockhouse.

How a Lock Works
1. A boat heading downstream enters the lock. Mules are unhitched and led downstream.
2. The lock gates are closed. Valves in downstream lock gates are opened, allowing water to flow out. The boat is slowly lowered.
3. The mules are hitched, the downstream lock gates are opened, and the boat continues its course.
HM NumberHM2L6G
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Date Added Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 11:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 705194 N 4379409
Decimal Degrees39.53985000, -78.61220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.391', W 78° 36.732'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 23.46" N, 78° 36' 43.92" W
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