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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
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Description of Subject Matter: This is the Georgetown segment of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal. Begun in 1828 just inside DC, its 185-mile length extended up past Harper's Ferry before reaching its terminus here in Georgetown in 1840. This included 74 locks. Moving at just four miles an hour, the canals were a main method of transportation for goods until the railroads wiped them out.
The Canal was almost paved over in the 1950's to make way for the Whitehurst Freeway. Supreme Court justice William Douglas led a successful campaign which preserved the Canal and the freeway was built on an overpass instead.
The Canal became a popular walking and biking route. In October 1964, Mary Meyer was shot to death while walking here. She had been known to be having an affair with President John Kennedy from 1961 until his death in November 1963. She had told friends including Ben Bradlee, the publisher of the Washington Post, about it but, of course, in those days you didn't print those things. She had a diary which disappeared afterward.
Bigger photos? To save space on the server and because the modern camera images are so large, photos larger than 640x480 have not been loaded on this page. If you need the bigger sizes of selected photos, email me and I can email them back to you or I can re-load this page temporarily with the bigger versions restored.
1997 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 1997 I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. Apparently I wasn't indicating dates that I took pictures this year so I only know the month in most cases -- normally the file name tells you the date-stamp of the picture in yymmdd form but not in 1997!