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Washington Aqueduct -- Great Falls, Maryland (November 2014)Leica MP + Ilford XP2 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Washington Aqueduct — Great Falls, Maryland (November 2014)
Leica MP + Ilford XP2 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Congrats all go to just Elisa this time, for providing the correct answer to yesterday’s quiz.

Yes, this is one of the few visible sections of the Washington Aqueduct system, which can be seen in and around the C&O Canal path from Great Falls, Maryland, down to Old Angler’s Inn.  The section I showcased in yesterday’s post and this one is about a mile north of the parking lot near Old Angler’s Inn, and on the trail to the east of the canal proper — not the towpath itself.  Because of this isolation, only 5-10 percent of the total pedestrian traffic through the general area ever passes this structure, and fewer even realize it’s something different from the C&O Canal infrastructure.

Washington Aqueduct -- Great Falls, Maryland (November 2014)Leica MP + Ilford XP2 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Plaque reads “Washington Aqueduct, Capt. M. C. Meigs, Chief Engineer, (obscured) 1857”
Great Falls, Maryland (November 2014)
Leica MP + Ilford XP2 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Sadly, this structure is being ravaged by time. The concrete and metal access steps on both sides of it have disintegrated; just the metal supports remain. The concrete of the main structure is gradually eroding with each freeze and thaw cycle, and doesn’t look like it’s been maintained in decades. Yet it still produces some 300 million gallons of filtered water every day and serves over 1 million customers throughout the Washington, DC, region.

More details can be found here, here, here, and here. Period maps of the project can be found here.

Washington Aqueduct -- Great Falls, Maryland (November 2014)Leica MP + Ilford XP2 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Washington Aqueduct — Great Falls, Maryland (November 2014)
Leica MP + Ilford XP2 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

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