"View the locks" Great Falls Things to Do Tip by littlesam1

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George Washington had a plan to develope a series of locks and canals to allow navigation on the Potomac River north of the Washington DC area. Five bypasses and five canals were engineered. These included Little Falls, Great Falls, Seneca Falls, Shenadoah Falls, and House Falls. The Patowmack Canal at Great Falls was considered the largest and most difficult to build. At the time of its construction is was considerd to be the most important engineering feat of the 18th century in the United States. Pictured here are part of the remains of one of the locks on the canal.

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  • Updated Jul 14, 2006
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