The Long Walk That Saved the Canal

Some thought before our 50-Mile Walk on Feb 7th.

Walking History

Daybreak on the towpath Daybreak on the towpath

On January 3, 1954, exactly 60 years ago, an editorial article written by Merlo Pusey, an associate editor for the Washington Post, became the flashpoint for an issue that remains with us today and will no doubt be debated into the future. The editorial suggested the Post supported the proposal for constructing a scenic road to accommodate the new expanding automobile culture. The U.S. government had proposed building a parkway that would essentially pave over the old 185-mile C&O Canal. It represented a case for “progress” versus a growing chorus of “conservationists” that would evolve into the preservation and environmental movements. 

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