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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.
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.