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Beck, Great Falls of the Potomac


Great Falls of the Potomac

Beck's Falls of the Potomac
by G. Beck (c. 1748-1812)
Engraved by J. Cartwright, London. Aquatint, hand-colored; 1802.

"the celibrated falls of Potomac" to Meriwether Lewis

Notice the diminutive admirers, their arms outstretched in amazement, lending scope and majesty to the scene before them. Compare this interpretation with James Olmstead's photograph, below.

photo, falls of the Potomac
The Great Falls of the Potomac


he Great Falls of the Potomac River, fourteen miles upstream from Washington, D.C., consists of a series of cascades and rapids dropping a total of about seventy-six feet over a pitch of two-thirds of a mile, the greatest drop being about twenty feet.1

--Joseph Mussulman; 11/03


1. "The Great Falls of the Potomac, Montgomery County." Maryland Geological Survey, http://www.mgs.md.gov/esic/features/great.html/

Black Eagle Falls - Clark's Sk
Black Eagle Falls and Dam - Ae


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)