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This image is part of the Thompson Family of Canaan Valley Collection. The Thompson family played a large role in the timber industry of Tucker County during the 1800s, and later prospered in the region as farmers, business owners, and prominent members of the Canaan Valley community.View of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
Maryland, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and a reconstructed Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge on the Potomac River as viewed from the Harpers Ferry cemetery. Note the head stones in the foreground and the smoke stack of the burned out United States Armory below. The photograph was taken during the Civil War.
Color postcard of a ca. 1918 touring car driving next to the the C&O Canal. The Harpers Ferry bridge crossing the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers is in the background.
Mounted print showing portion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on the right.
'Scenic picture of the Chesapeake & Potomac Canal running from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, D.C., a distance of 184 miles. It was constructed in 1840 in competition with the Consolidation Coal Company Rail Transportation. Later is was purchased by Consol and operation was canceled in 1924.'
The C & O Canal ran parallel to the Potomac River, across from West Virginia.
"This famous old Canal was built in the 1820's before the Conception of railroads.  By a series of locks, one of which is shown in the pix, this canal was the original means of travel between Washington and Cumberland, following the bed of the Potomac River.  It was completed with business on this waterway that the B. & O. R. R. was conceived and built in 1828."  [The boat is being towed along by mules on the left side of the pix].