1917 Film Footage of 180-Mile Journey Down C&O Canal

This is an amazing find on YouTube showing a trip down the C&O Canal back in 1917.

The entire trip took about seven days and they end up down in Washington.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Pat

    Great. My Dad went to elementary school with some “canal boat kids”. Evidently boats some wintered in Georgetown, and the children went to the nearest school, which was the Addison/Hyde/Curtis on O Street. Hyde and Addison are still there.

  • David Fielding

    The Great Falls Tavern shop/ranger station has this video playing in a kiosk. I live just uphill from Lock #8 and often use the canal towpath to commute by bike into work. The C&O Canal (and the Potomac) is my #1 favorite thing about living in Montgomery County. The idea that Maryland has 185 miles preserved parkland the entire length of the Potomac River all the way to Cumberland is incredible. In contrast, the Virginia side of the Potomac is mostly inaccessible (Maryland also owns the river). I think and feel the history every time I even glance at the C&O. It’s sort of a hidden gem, unseen by most tourists and many residents. With ready access to the Potomac, I use my kayak for a quick escape. It’s truly surreal, everything you can experience on canal and the river. They do barge tours from Great Falls Tavern for those into the history.