The Canal Connection

The Canal Connection (HMQ7)

Location: Washington, DC 20006
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.518', W 77° 2.385'

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President George Washington commissioned Pierre L'Enfant to design the Capital City in 1790. The L'Enfant Plan included a system of canals to transport heavy goods at a time when roads and streets were few and muddy. The Washington City Canal (green) was opened in 1815. Construction began in 1828 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (yellow) to connect Washington, DC, to the fertile Ohio Valley. The Washington Branch of the C&O Canal (red), built by 1833, joined the two waterways and opened the city to commerce.

The Canal ventures proved to be an expensive investment. The Washington Branch of the C&O Canal and the Washington City Canal carried so little commerce that they were abandoned 30 years after construction. Railroads, not canals, dominated transportation in the nineteenth century. In the 1870s the long process of filling these canals began.
HM NumberHMQ7
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323098 N 4306765
Decimal Degrees38.89196667, -77.03975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.518', W 77° 2.385'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 31.08" N, 77° 2' 23.10" W
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Area Code(s)202, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1700-1764 US-50, Washington DC 20006, US
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