Newspaper articles mainly from Hagerstown, but also Cumberland and Harrisburg, tell the story of activities along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal, the flooding and wash aways, the drownings, slave activities, damage during the Civil War, news of the use of the canal including how many tons of canal were carried to Williamsport and Georgetown and other stories. During World War I the government sent boats to Cumberland to collect coal for the war effort. In 1920 the upstream wall of the Conococheague Aqueduct was damaged.
The stories from Hagerstown were initially gathered from the Historic Newspaper Indexing Project of Washington County Free Library. Additional stories were extracted from the microfilm at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown. Allegany College of Maryland provided the Alleganian stories and the Harrisburg stories came from Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.
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Additional newspaper stories can be found at Newspaper Reports on the C & O Canal Association's website. Other collections on Western Maryland Historical Library (whilbr) include The economic impact of the C&O Canal on canal communities in Washington County, Maryland and Canal Boat Registers 1851-1880