Locks on the C&O Canal

Locks On The C&O Canal

Locks on the C&O Canal

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The Locks on the C&O Canal, located in Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. of the United States, were numbered from 1 to 75 with two locks, 63⅓ and 64⅔, having fractional numbers and no lock 65. There is also a lock at the downstream end of the canal in Washington, DC where Rock Creek flows into the Potomac River which is sometimes called Lock 0 or the Tidewater Lock.

Some of the locks were also informally named, usually after a prominent lockkeeper, a nearby town or important geographical feature. Some locks are known by more than one name and some are only known by their number.

With respect to the fractional locks, it was found that the level of the canal between locks 62 and 66 could be raised in three steps instead of four. So the additional locks through there were numbered 1⅓ steps apart (62, 63⅓, 64⅔ and 66) so that the other locks on the canal did not have to be renumbered.





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