The canal's towpath (photo center) is a popular hiking and biking route, though you
would not know it on this quiet, gray December day. The photographer is standing
atop the aqueduct's thick stone walls which rose about 6 feet above the canal's
trough (photo left), no longer filled with water here.
Though the B&O's Metropolitan Branch did not parallel the canal here until about
1870, the Old Main Line did elsewhere, and reached Cumberland, Maryland 8 years
before the C&O did, rendering the canal virtually obsolete from the outset.
Even so, the canal would remain in operation for about a century.