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Conococheague Creek


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Conococheague Creek runs 80 miles from Pennsylvania to the Potomac near Williamsport, Maryland. The watershed is approximately 566 square miles, mostly in Pennsylvania. The creek meets the Potomac River after flowing under the C&O Canal's Conococheague Aqueduct.

The word "Conococheague" is translated from the Delaware Indian or Unami-Lenapi term meaning "many-turns-river." The Conococheague, or Connogochegue, as it was known at the time, was the northernmost extent of the range along the Potomac within which Congress in the Residence Bill of 1790 authorized the establishment of the Federal District, known as the District of Columbia. By presidential proclamation, George Washington placed the District at the lower end of the range, near the "Eastern Branch", later Anacostia River, which marked the southernmost extent of the Residence Bill's range.

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