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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