Watering Williamsport

This is news to me!

This is news to me!

During a short walk upstream fro Williamsport, I noticed all of the stones is the canal prism, but I didn’t think much about it.  However, this sign made me stop and ponder the possibilities: what exactly is “the design of the Conococheague Aqueduct?”  I’ve heard stories for a couple of years about watering the aqueduct, but the missing upstream wall is a major problem. That’s when the light bulb came on: hence, the large, squared stones in the prism.  Sometimes it takes me a little while to grasp a concept…

Stones in the canal prism!

Stones in the canal prism!

Actually, the project is a combined effort between the Town of Williamsport and the National Park Service.  Williamsport is already one of the most visited spots along the canal, but adding a mule drawn boat that goes over a creek, underneath a railroad bridge, and through a lock would be a tremendous boon for both the town and the park.  Such an upgrade would bring in an estimated 100,000 additional visitors, who would spend $1,8 million.  Spread that over a year, and you’re looking at 274 more people a day, and they would spend about $4900 Per Diem.  That’s a lot of Desert Rose sandwiches, Tony’s pizzas, and souvenirs at the visitor center, etc.  Needless to say, the “wow factor” would be as important as the revenue.  The project is slated to be finished in the summer of 2016, and I can guarantee that if the NPS and Williamsport build it, people will come.

Getting the aqueduct's "good" side

Getting the aqueduct’s “good” side

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jamie on February 26, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I’ll say it, too, “Wow!” This is great news.

    This post made me go scurrying back through my photographs from my hike two Novembers ago. I have a picture or two of the stones in the prism, but they were largely obscured by the trees. It also appears that much of the soil that had accumulated among the stones has been removed. It looks so different now!

    This has been a dream for at least two decades. It’s nice to see it about to become reality.


  2. Posted by LevelWalker on February 26, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I hadn’t heard a whole lot on the subject lately, and this caught me off guard a little bit. I think this is as big of a deal as Catoctin or Big Slackwater. A boat going through an aqueduct will be amazing!


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