Monday, May 06, 2013

Pittsburgh's Front Door... and more

Thinking of Biking to DC? Beyond the Great Allegheny Passage lies the C&O Towpath stretching from Cumberland to Georgetown in DC. The towpath was for pulling boats along the long de-watered canal that was first envisioned by no less than George Washington. The Washington Post over the weekend chronicled the travels a shade under a century ago of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer John P. Cowan. See: A Canal Trip from a Bygone Time.

It's a pretty amazing story. He apparently built a boat from a kit call the Sometub he had shipped to him and which he assembled in his kitchen. Then using one of the earlier outboard gasoline engines made the trek down the canal. Not many options to boat over a mountain any longer. You can't even put that trip on your bucket list since the canal itself is no longer. Alas. 

Also of note. The article says his wife was active in the Pittsburgh chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Pittsburgh had a chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy?

Even more amazing. From June 1912: Pittsburgh's Front Door, but the same (I presume) John Cowan. 


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