Frequently Asked Questions
THE CANAL TODAY
When did the government acquire the Canal?
When did the Canal become a National Park?
How many acres does the Canal own?
What is the condition of the Canal today?
When was construction started?
When was the Canal completed?
What was the cost of the Canal?
How many years did it take to build the Canal?
How many people comprised the labor force?
DIMENSIONS AND STRUCTURES
How long is the Canal?
How deep is the Canal?
How wide is the Canal?
How wide is the towpath?
What is the distance in elevation?
How many locks are on the Canal?
What are the dimensions of the locks?
What was the size of the boats?
How big was the family’s cabin on the boat?
How many dams were built along the Canal?
How many aqueducts were built along the Canal?
How many culverts were built along the Canal?
What are the dimensions of the Paw Paw Tunnel?
How long did it take to construct the tunnel?
What were the years of operation?
How long was the journey down the Canal?
How many trips did a boat take per year?
How much coal did a boat take per trip?
How much money did a boat make per trip?
When was the peak year of the Canal?
How many boats operated on the Canal?
How many mules worked on the Canal?
What was the speed limit on the Canal?
How long does it take to "lock through"?
How long is the towline?
A mule is a cross between what two animals?
How many mules needed per boat?
How long did the mules work before they needed a break?
What did the mules eat?
Did You Know?
Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.