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Wikipedia Description: Washington City Canal
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The Washington City Canal operated from 1815 until the mid-1850s in Washington, D.C. The canal connected the Anacostia River, called the "Eastern Branch" at that time, to Tiber Creek, the Potomac River, and later the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O). The canal fell into disuse in the late 19th century and the city government covered over or filled in various sections.
Early planning and development
In the early years of the United States there was great interest among political leaders in building canals to support and stimulate economic development. Construction of a canal to run across the city of Washington was supported by local leaders, both in business and government. The plan was to connect the Eastern Branch, which was navigable into Maryland, with the Potomac, which was seen as a gateway to the West. President George Washington had founded the Potowmack Company in 1785 to improve navigation on the Potomac.
Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant, in designing a master plan for the development of the capital city, supported construction of a canal between Eastern Branch and Tiber Creek. To raise funds for canal construction, lotteries were conducted in 1796, but these efforts were unsuccessful. There was little additional work done until 1802, when Congress granted a charter for the Washington Canal Company. A small amount of construction was started, but obtaining major financing for the canal continued to be difficult.
Congress created a new canal company in 1809 and authorized capitalization of $100,000. A groundbreaking ceremony in southeast Washington, attended by President James Madison and other officials, took place on May 2, 1810. Construction was delayed by the War of 1812 and resumed in 1815.
Canal opening and operation
The canal formally opened in late 1815. The canal route began at the Eastern Branch, near the Washington Navy Yard and proceeded north and northwes ...More...
Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
WCANAL_170408_01.JPG: Washington City Canal on the Tiber Creek
Beginning in 1815, a water transport canal was opened joining the Potomac River and the Anacostia River, then known as the Eastern Branch. The Washington Canal brought building supplies for construction of many buildings in the young city. The canal was built mostly by Irish stone masons, but much of the labor is believed to have been by enslaved African Americans and freemen of color. The canal stones on display were unearthed as part of the water main excavation for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The canal was poorly maintained and beginning in 1871 was covered over by Constitution Avenue. The illustrations of the canal were by Seth Eastman, a military officer and illustrated, who sketched from the canal site during his visits to Washington, DC in the 1850s.
WCANAL_170408_10.JPG: Washington DC Canal
WCANAL_170408_13.JPG: Washington Monument Under Construction
November 16, 1851
WCANAL_170408_17.JPG: Plan of the City of Washington
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2017 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(April) a 48-hour jaunt for a Civil War Trust conference in Pensacola, FL,
(June) an 11-day trip around the Civil War Trust annual conference in Chattanooga, TN including sites in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee,
(July) the annual San Diego Comic Con trip with a sidetrip to sites in Arizona, and
(August) a family reunion in Wisconsin including sites in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
For some reason, several of my photos have been published in pysical books this year which is pretty cool. Ones that I know about:
"Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" (David Lemmo),
"The Great Crusade: A Guide to World War I American Expeditionary Forces Battlefields and Sites" (Stephen T. Powers and Kevin Dennehy),
"The American Spirit" (David McCullough [!]), and
"Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" (David T. Gilbert).