Map of planned route.
Map of Alexandria County (1878), including what is now Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. Map includes the names of property owners at that time. City boundaries roughly correspond with Old Town.
A boat on the canal, circa 1900-1924
Canal boats waiting to be unloaded in Georgetown.
Slave ship taking on slaves at the Alexandria waterfront in 1836. Alexandria's slave trade made Virginia a more pro-slavery state after retrocession.
Low-angle bird's-eye view of central Washington toward the west and northwest with The Capitol in foreground. The Canal is visible running along the mall.
Map of Alexandria showing the forts that were constructed to defend Washington during the Civil War
C&O Canal in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
A bird's eye view of Alexandria from the Potomac in 1863. Fort Ellsworth is visible on the hill in the center background.
Boat construction yard in Cumberland, MD
Child laborers working at a glass factory in Alexandria, 1911. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Map of Terminus in Cumberland in the mid 1890s. Yellow dots indicate modern highways as well as current (2013) location of Canal basin.
Confederate Memorial on George Washington Memorial Parkway (circa 1920)
Register of waybills in the Cumberland Office, in 1858. Each canal boat had to have a waybill, even if empty, for passage through the canal. Fines were levied for lack of a waybill.
5 and 10 dollar notes, from C&O Canal company
First city library location within an apothecary shop
Floodwaters around Lock 6 in 1936
Alexandria VA, Hoffman Towne Center, Looking Northeast
Great Falls feeder culvert (no longer used) indicated by yellow arrow(14.08 mi), and Lock 18 (R).
Alexandria VA, The Thornton
Boat at Big Slackwater
Alexandria waterfront, along the Potomac River
An informal overflow. The towpath dips, allowing water to flow over it. Note the boards in the background for people to walk on.
Hoffman Town Center, a mixed-use retail and office development in the Eisenhower Valley
Paw Paw Tunnel
One of the many restaurants that line King Street in Old Town
Remains of the inclined plane
Old Town Alexandria in March 2003, as seen from the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
Culvert #30 lets Muddy Branch under the canal
Alexandria Torpedo Factory (waterfront side)
Repairs at Big Pool
Old Town Alexandria.
Mules being fed.
Ole Towne, Alexandria, VA
A steamboat on the C&O Canal. Note the steering wheel and the smokestack on this boat
Ole Towne, Alexandria VA
Children tethered to canal boat. This photo was probably taken in one of the Cumberland basins.
Model interior of a C&O Canal freight boat
Entrance to Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus
Recent view of the 9 mile level (between 33 and 34 miles) where the ghosts were reported to haunt.
Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, VA
Monocacy aqueduct in 2011, where the ghost of a robber could allegedly be seen on moonless nights
George Washington Masonic National Memorial and elevated Blue Line Metro tracks seen from a high-rise on Eisenhower Avenue
Southbound Amtrak train at Alexandria's Union Station
I-95/I-495 (the Capital Beltway) in Alexandria
Marina behind the Torpedo Factory

As competition grew with the port of Georgetown and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal fostered development on the north side of the Potomac River, Alexandria's economy stagnated; at the same time, residents had lost any representation in Congress and the right to vote, and were disappointed with the negligible economic benefit (on the Alexandria side) of being part of the national capital.

- Alexandria, Virginia

In 1843, the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge was built near the present-day Francis Scott Key Bridge to connect the canal to the Alexandria Canal, which led to Alexandria, Virginia.

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Map of Washington, D.C., with Georgetown highlighted in maroon.

Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)

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Historic neighborhood and commercial and entertainment district located in Northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River.

Historic neighborhood and commercial and entertainment district located in Northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River.

Map of Washington, D.C., with Georgetown highlighted in maroon.
Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, designed by James Renwick Jr. in 1850, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bank on the corner of M Street & Wisconsin Avenue
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
The Old Stone House, built 1765, is the oldest house in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown around 1862. Overview of the C&O Canal, Aqueduct Bridge at right, and unfinished Capitol dome in the distant background.
Sailing vessels docked at the Georgetown waterfront, c. 1865
Children playing on sidewalk in Georgetown during the Great Depression, Carl Mydans, 1935
The Washington Harbour complex located on the Potomac River. Healy Hall is visible in the background.
Shops along Wisconsin Avenue
Hyde-Addison School
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Healy Hall at Georgetown University.
Francis Scott Key Bridge across the Potomac River, connecting Georgetown to Rosslyn, Virginia
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through Georgetown.
Enlargeable diagram of Washington area trolley lines:
Orange = Washington, Arlington & Mount Vernon Electric Railway.
Blue = Washington, Arlington & Falls Church Railway (WA&FC).
Yellow = Nauck (Fort Myer) line of WA&FC.
Light green = W&OD Bluemont Division.
Dark green = W&OD Great Falls Division.
The "Exorcist steps"

After the establishment of the federal capital, Georgetown became an independent municipal government within the District of Columbia, of which there were three: Alexandria, D.C., Georgetown, D.C., and Washington, D.C. Georgetown, D.C., was in the new Washington County, D.C.; the District's other county was Alexandria County, D.C. (now Arlington County, Virginia and the independent city of Alexandria, Virginia).

Construction of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal began in July 1828, to link Georgetown to Harper's Ferry, Virginia (West Virginia after 1863).