Washington Canal filled in

Title

Washington Canal filled in

Description

By 1871, the Washington Canal was little more than an open sewer. Although many people proposed ways to make the canal functional, no solution was ever put into practice. In February 1871 Congress revoked the charters that made Washington and Georgetown independent cities and brought the entire District of Columbia under a territorial government. The Director of the Board of Public Works for this new territory, Alexander Shepherd, immediately enacted a solution to the canal problem by filling it in. The newly created road where the canal had been was first called B Street, then renamed Constitution Avenue in 1931.

Source

Evening Star (Washington, DC), August 9, 1871, via the Library of Congress. View original.

Date

1871

Coverage

Event Sort Date

18710000

Description

By 1871, the Washington Canal was little more than an open sewer. Although many people proposed ways to make the canal functional, no solution was ever put into practice. In February 1871 Congress revoked the charters that made Washington and Georgetown independent cities and brought the entire District of Columbia under a territorial government. The Director of the Board of Public Works for this new territory, Alexander Shepherd, immediately enacted a solution to the canal problem by filling it in. The newly created road where the canal had been was first called B Street, then renamed Constitution Avenue in 1931.

Date

1871

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Evening Star (Washington, DC), August 9, 1871, via the Library of Congress. View original.