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'It was the original means of travel between Cumberland, Md. and Washington, D. C.'
Looking towards the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
Views of C. & O. Canal in negative.
A view of the Canal in negative print.
'The Canal as shown from the Maryland side of the Potomac bridge.  The canal out of operation since the floods of 1924 is 194 miles long and was originally build 1828-50 to connect Cumberland, Md.. near the head of the Alleghany divide with tidal navigation at Alexander, Va.  The course of the Potomac was followed and the flow of water was regulated by locals.  The boat drawn by mules made about three miles  per hour and the chief item of freight was coal.  The canal was once an important artery of traffic but was worsted in competition with the B. & O. Railroad.'