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Park wrangler Mark Myers with a mule, who was popular at the event. Sliced apples were on hand for event-goers to offer to the mule for treats.

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Before the Lights Went Out

Event celebrates 75th anniversary of first installment on C&O Canal National Historical Park.

About 50 hours before the entire 185-mile length of the C&O Canal National Historical closed because of the shutdown of the federal government, more than 300 people gathered at Great Falls Tavern to celebrate its beginnings 75 years earlier.


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