Name / Description

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Type

Canals

Discoverer

George Washington as Ist promoter

Length (miles)

184

Part of / Flows into

Potomac River to Ohio River

Sovereignty

Virginia/Maryland

Additional Notes

Plan initaited by George Washington and his Potomac Company in 1785 to link Potomac to Ohio River by canals. Little progress made in his lifetime; Company lost its charter in 1824; 130-mile portion opened in 1839; final link to Cumberland, Md. opened in 1850; never economically viable.

Related Water Bodies

Potomac River

Related Images

Grand Idea, The: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West