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The Patowmack Canal, upstream of the Falls

Upper Portion of the Patowmack Canal

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People have traveled to and lived in this area for more than ten thousand years. Discover their stories here.

What has happened here in the past? View the chronology to find out.

Learn more about one of the country's first canals: The Patowmack Canal

Read about the Carousels of Great Falls, a favorite of many people over the years.

Did You Know?

Upper portion of the Patowmack Canal

George Washington started the Patowmack Canal Company at Great Falls. The canal took seventeen years to build, and was one of the first canals built in the United States. More...