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Hahn's Towpath Guide Enters 21st Century
With Newly Revised Edition

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Cover of the new Hahn Towpath Guide
Map of miles 0 to 4
Map of Georgetown area from Hahn guide
May 2015

With new photos and research, updated maps, and a 21st century makeover, Thomas Hahn’s labor of love remains the most comprehensive mile-by-mile guide to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Journey 184.5 miles past former wharfs and foundries on the Georgetown waterfront, through quaint Potomac River towns, to the mountainous region of Western Maryland, while exploring all of the canal locks, lockhouses, aqueducts, and culverts along the way.

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The C&O Canal Association had a significant involvement in this book. Many members, including Rod Mackler, Bill Holdsworth, Pat Hopson, and Steve Dean, supported the production of the book with text edits, data verification, and photography. Karen Gray edited the book for historical accuracy. About a dozen level walkers verified the towpath details in the book. The credits page mentions numerous association members.

Read how raging floodwaters and Civil War armies wreaked havoc on canal structures. Discover nature, geology, and 19th century engineering feats, as well as stories of the laborers, locktenders, and canallers who made the C&O a monument to human ingenuity and endurance. Deftly balancing engineering details with colorful anecdotes and lore, Hahn’s guidebook is the go-to resource for all things C&O.


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