Broad Run Trunk (31.94)

Broad Run Trunk

Broad Run Trunk

The Broad Run Trunk is a unique structure that can be found by walking a little over a mile upstream from the Edwards Ferry parking lot. Originally, the structure was a two-arch culvert that was destroyed by a flood in 1846. Sometime later, a wooden trunk, or u-shaped trough was installed, creating what was essentially a wooden aqueduct.

Looking down the canal

Looking down the canal

This angle shows where the support beams andĀ  a notch held up theĀ  wooden trunk. From the edge, one can look down into a deep pool that now contains a surprising number of fish and other aquatic wildlife. In all, the Broad Run Trunk is a beautiful and unique structure that is easily missed on a bike. I’ve been over the footbridge several times, but this is the first time I stopped to appreciate what I’ve missed before. I wasn’t disappointed.

View from stream level

View from stream level

 

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jenknee on September 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I really like the pictures for this post and the information you presented was very interesting, especially the part about the wooden aqueduct.

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  2. Posted by LevelWalker on September 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Jenknee,
    Thanks for your comment. The trunk is one of my new favorite places.

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  3. How quaint…where the land inclines, was that for unloading and loading things?

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    • Posted by jonnie on October 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      If I understand what you mean by ‘where the land inclines’, that’s actually the former canal bed that’s now filled by grass covered earth. The water you see is Broad Run, a creek that crosses the canal. The canal went over the creek in a wooden trough or trunk, supported by the beautifully laid stonework. The wood trunk is now gone.
      If this isn’t right, someone make it right.

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