Mile 0.38 - This is below the street level where the waters from the canal
empty into Rock Creek. On the street level, we'll be going through Georgetown,
the yuppie section of DC. It's filled with little shops and restaurants, Georgetown
University and of course, the canal.
One of the best preserved and least altered of old American canals, the Chesapeake
and Ohio grew from Washington's vision of linking the valleys of the early west
with the east by "ties of communication." The Potomac Company fostered
by Washington to improve navigation of the Potomac transferred its rights in 1828
to the Chesapeake and Ohio Company organized to connect the Ohio at Pittsburg with
Georgetown by a continuous canal. In October 1850 after 185 miles were built
the construction ceased at Cumberland. Until 1924 trade continued on the old
canal. Today, it is a memorial to national progress and the canal era.