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This is a beautiful statue, commemorating the C&O Canal “Canawlers”, who led the tow path mules that pulled the barges on the canal. It is prominently displayed in Canal Place National Park, in Cumberland, Maryland. The statue and fountain are located in front of the fully restored Western Maryland Railway Station, just beyond the ending point of the C&O Canal.

Closer View of “The Canawler”

The official website for the Western Maryland Railway Station at Canal Place contains the following:

Originally opened in July 1913, this grand terminal rivaled stations in larger cities. The Station remained in use as a passenger terminal until 1958, serving the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Western Maryland Railway. Under the care of the Western Maryland Station Center, Inc., and subsequently the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority, the building underwent a series of renovations, completed in 2000. The Station now houses the Authority’s offices as well as several other offices, visitor services, and attractions.

The official website for Canal Place contains the following:

In 1993 the State of Maryland created the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority to oversee the preservation, development, and management of the Canal Place Preservation District, a designated area within the City of Cumberland surrounding the western end of America’s great C&O Canal.

This photo was taken on Sunday, July 12th, 2009, with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L zoom lens, set to 53mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/20th sec. at f/22. The camera’s ISO was set to 200. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a remote shutter release cable.

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© 2009 Gene Walls

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barge, canal place, canawler, cumberland, fountain, maryland, mule, national park, statue, tow path

Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you, Joy! I really enjoyed my visit here.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Gene!!

  • Thank you so much, Rainy! I am very pleased that you like it!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

    Well done, Gene

  • Thanks, Big D!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeabout 5 years ago

    wonderful capture!! of statue and water!!

  • Thank you very kindly!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    beautiful image gene

  • Thank you, Kathy!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    Oh Gene, I am a huge fan of statues. This is a wonderful image!!!

  • Thank you so much! I am extremely happy that you like it!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow!!! Thank you very, very much for featuring this! I’m so pleased that more people may become aware of this great historical place because of the extra attention the posting will get!

    Gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • antoniodepadua
    antoniodepaduaover 3 years ago

    Tks! Superb work!

  • Thank you very much!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

    What a fantastic statue!

  • Thank you very kindly, Trish! This was taken while I was visiting the city where I was raised. I was there for my 40th High School reunion.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thank you very kindly for this wonderful honor, Trish! I deeply appreciate having my photo Featured in such a fantastic RB group!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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