C&O Canal’s 40th Anniversary
On January 8, 1971, President Nixon signed into law the creation of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, with a purpose of preserving the unique canal heritage area for present and future generations to enjoy.
A press release from the C&O Canal Trust thanks the public for their support and enthusiasm in keeping the park alive, stating: “The C&O Canal Trust is working to perpetuate the vision and efforts of the canal's advocates both past and present.”
In conjunction with the 40th anniversary, the Trust and the park will be developing an internet-based guide to 40 points of interest in the park, “Canal Discoveries,” which will include popular destinations and “hidden gems.” In addition, their new website, set to launch in April, will contain information about recreational opportunities, items of historical significance, natural features, as well as maps and directions for each site. Here’s hoping for another 40 years.