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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

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Multimedia Presentations

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Canal Discoveries (Cell Phone Tour): Your personal, portable ranger awaits! Listen to canal stories from your computer or cell phone. Click here to get started.

 

TRANSCRIPT: Locking Through video transcript (82 KB PDF)

 

TRANSCRIPT: Mule Power video transcript (91 KB PDF)

Did You Know?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.