- a river in the eastern US. It begins in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and flows 285 miles/459 kilometres past Harpers Ferry, Mount Vernon and Washington, DC, into Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic coast.
* * *River, east-central U.S. Rising in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, it is about 287 mi (462 km) long.It flows southeast through the District of Columbia into Chesapeake Bay. It is navigable by large vessels to Washington, D.C., above which it descends in a series of rapids and falls, including Great Falls. Noted for its beauty, the Potomac is also rich in history. Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, is on its banks below Washington, D.C. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park parallels the river.
* * *river in the east central United States, rising in North and South branches in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. The two branches (95 mi [150 km] and 130 mi long, respectively) flow generally northeast and unite southeast of Cumberland, Md., to continue southeast through the District of Columbia into Chesapeake Bay. The river drains an area of approximately 14,500 sq mi (37,600 sq km). Its course is 383 mi, of which 117 mi are tidal. With the North Branch it forms the boundary between Maryland and West Virginia from its source to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and from there to its mouth it is the boundary between Maryland and Virginia. The Potomac's tributaries include the Shenandoah at Harpers Ferry, the Monocacy in the Piedmont region, and the Anacostia at Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia lies on the left (east) bank at the head of the tidewater. The river is navigable to Washington, D.C., above which it descends from the Piedmont in a series of rapids and falls, including Great Falls, a cataract about 35 ft (11 m) high.The Potomac, noted for its beauty, is also rich in historical significance. Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, is on its banks below Washington, D.C. The river's name derives from “Patawomeck,” as it was recorded by the colonist John Smith in 1608; its origin and meaning are unknown. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, paralleling the Potomac, was completed in 1850 from Georgetown in the District of Columbia to Cumberland, Md.; traffic ceased in the early 1920s, but the canal's route remains a scenic and recreational area.
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