Child tethered to deck of canal boat , 1900. This photo was taken in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal which was abandoned after the Flood of 1924 and became a unit of the National Park Service in 1972. The practice of tethering children to poles on boats was a popular one to prevent children from accidentally falling into water.
Children on a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal boat, tethered to the boat to keep from falling off. The Western MD Historical society states that this picture was probably taken in one of the Cumberland basins, the evidence being the railroad bridge in the background, which is in other photographs.