C & O Route

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Prior to the advent of railways in America, canals were used to transport goods and passengers. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, chartered by president James Monroe in 1825, spanned from Georgetown, Washington D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland. Teams of mules worked the towpath along the banks of the river, pulling boats behind them. The canal ceased operations in 1924 and has since been turned into a recreational walking path.


C&O canal towpath. C&O Canal Trust. (n.d.). https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/co-canal-towpath/

U.S. Department of the Interior. (n.d.). Mules and the canal. National Parks Service. https://www.nps.gov/choh/learn/historyculture/mules.htm

Wikimedia Foundation. (2024, May 21). Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesapeake_and_Ohio_Canal

Catalog ID AD1117