• Paddling on the Potomac River

    Potomac Heritage

    National Scenic Trail DC,MD,PA,VA

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Eighth-grade student with camera on boardwalk
NPS photo/Donald Briggs

Did You Know?

park rangers interpreting building the canal

Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the C&O Canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe.