The Palisades of Washington, D.C.

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The Palisades neighborhood, in the extreme western corner of Washington, D.C., lies on the Maryland side of the Potomac River at Little Falls. Its history and landscape are inextricably linked to the river. George Washington, as president of the Patowmack Company, determined that a skirting canal was necessary to navigate around the rapids at Little Falls. Later, the skirting canal was replaced by the C&O Canal. Nowadays the river and the canal are used forrecreational sports, and the Capital Crescent Trail, formerly a railroad bed used to bring coal in from West Virginia, is a haven for dog-walkers, bike-riders, and joggers. But despite this constant flow of people and the current pressure for development, the Palisades maintains a stable residential population and enjoys a friendly, small-town atmosphere.
ISBN: 9780738518091
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: District of Columbia
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Alice Fales Stewart, a native Washingtonian, has lived in the Palisades for the last 15 years. A former history and geography teacher, she is now a licensed tour guide and has conducted three walking tours of different sections of the Palisades. In 2000, she and Harold Gray, to whom this book is dedicated, presented a slide show on the history of the neighborhood. Alice is a co-founder of the Palisades-Hillcrest Partnership and of Neighbors Through ART.
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