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Colorful Georgetown

Georgetown is currently a part of Washington DC. Yet it is way older than the capital city. Georgetown was founded in 1751 at the site of a tobacco trade site owned by a George Gordon. At that time a part of the British province of Maryland. It is not quite sure if Georgetown was named after George Gordon the tobacco trader, George Beale, the land owner, or king George II of Britain, who reigned at that time.

In 1871 when the District of Columbia was consolidated Georgetown became part of DC, just like the city of Alexandria (see previous blog). At the time of foundation the location of the city was determined by depth of the Potomac River. Ocean boats could just sail as far as Georgetown. Unfortunately the river became less deep over time and a canal was needed to keep it in reach of ships.

The C&O Canal in the (formerly) industrial area of Georgetown
And yes that canal was built and is the C&O Canal, which I visited yesterday.

Although the C&O never became a financial success the spin off of the canal was very important for Georgetown. The ships brought industry, and the water from the canal powered the industry. When the canal ceased activity and its rival the railroad too, Georgetown became less industrial and shifted to residential. The old historic center remained and was preserved.

When I found out that the C&O Canal runs through Georgetown I, of course, had to see that. It is in a much better shape than at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park. Water flows and the lock doors are holding it.

While walking through the picturesque streets I walked by (an on) the site where a famous scene of the movie The Exorcist was shot. The stairs! See the scene here.

Since daylight allowed me, I walked a bit more along the canal and Potomac and witnessed sunset over the Potomac.

More pictures below!

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Colorful Georgetown
Colorful Georgetown
The C&O Canal in the (formerly) in…
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The C&O Canal just before it leave…
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The C&O Canal just before it leave…
The C&O Canal just before it leav…
The C&O Canal with a closed lock
The C&O Canal with a closed lock
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Colorful Georgetown
Colorful Georgetown
Colorful Georgetown
Colorful Georgetown
The stairs of The Exorcist
The stairs of "The Exorcist"
Colorful Georgetown
Colorful Georgetown
The Capital Cresent Trail along th…
The Capital Cresent Trail along t…
Underneath the Key Bridge, maybe a…
Underneath the Key Bridge, maybe …
Georgetown University
Georgetown University
The Potomac and the Key Bridge
The Potomac and the Key Bridge
Tunnel underneath Canal Road, also…
Tunnel underneath Canal Road, als…
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The Potomac and the Key Bridge at…
The Potomac and the Key Bridge at …
The Potomac and the Key Bridge at…
The Potomac and the Key Bridge at …
The Potomac and the Key Bridge at…
The C&O Canal at sunset
The C&O Canal at sunset
The C&O Canal at sunset
The C&O Canal at sunset
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photo by: mdalamers