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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paw Paw Tunnel

Paw Paw is the name of a West Virginia town on the banks of the Potomac River.  It gives its name to the tunnel that takes the C & O Canal through a mountain on the Maryland side of the river.

The C & O Canal was an attempt to transport good and resources from the west (Ohio) to the eastern seaboard.  It never made it to Ohio despite its name and it never made a profit because the B & O Railroad offered a faster option.

Now the C & O Canal is known as a National Park and the tow path is used by hikers and bikers to travel from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC.

We walked to the Paw Paw Tunnel on a wet Friday afternoon.  It was the day we were to arrive at our reunion site, Three Otters Eco Retreat, which is downriver from Paw Paw.

We checked out this old looking pump which didn't produce any water.

The tunnel took way too long to build and was over budget considerably, another factor in the failure of the canal business model.  Read more here.

There was no water in this portion of the canal.

A view of the Potomac.

You need flashlights to walk through the tunnel.  Fortunately the sign said that in the parking lot.

It's built of brick.  The tow path through it is definitely a modern version.

At the opposite end the tunnel was closed off for repairs so we turned around and retraced our steps.


Bettina Groh said...

That's really interesting... asnd was completely new!!! Great pictures too!

Latane Barton said...

What an interesting place. Glad you got to visit it.

Gosia k said...

looks interesting

Blogoratti said...

Such an intriguing work done to the tunnel and thanks for sharing. Greetings!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Wow - that is so cool! I am not sure I would be brave to walk through a tunnel like that - I am so glad you did! Amazing photos!

A Colorful World said...

What a fascinating bit of local history! Loved it.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

The world is littered with stuff that was almost built, or was built but didn't work or last very long. So much endeavour; but at least someone tried. Interesting!

Cynthia said...

Canals, even if they opened for commerce, didn't last very long anywhere when the railroads came along. The tunnel is an amazing engineering feat when you think of the tools they had then. What a great hike!

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