In Monday’s post “Lock 75 Overflow Channel “ you saw a photo of how the channel looks today, and you were seeing it from the upper portion of the lock.
This photo shows not only Lock 75, but the lock overflow channel as seen looking back from downstream. To give an idea of large this lock is, included here is a person on the towpath walking back towards the Lock 75 Lockhouse.
At this entrance of the lock were two rather large gates. Each had to be manually swung open. While one set of gates were closed, the canal water became diverted to the overflow channel and came out through the opening beside the lock itself.
If you look at this film, made in 1917, – “ C & O Canal, 1917 “ (Part 1 of 3) - beginning at the 2 minute and 15 second mark, you will get a quick view of Lock 75 and you will be able to see the water coming through the overflow channel as the lock was opened to let out a small boat. The film is quite interesting to watch as it shows what it was like traversing the canal waterway.
Today, the towpath is used for walking and biking, and camping along side it. People travel parts or all of it from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland (150 miles) where it meets up with the Great Allegheny Passage.
From Cumberland, the Great Allegheny Passage offers 141 miles of hiking and biking all the way to Homestead, PA, near Pittsburgh.
Yeah, this is my world. It’s a great place to live and a great place to visit. Why don’t you come by and see for yourself? You are definitely welcome to it… :-)