Locks on bridges reach Georgetown C&O Canal

I was standing on the red pedestrian bridge across the C&O Canal in Georgetown when I spotted a lock under the rail. It contained a heart with”Corbett & Camilla 12/2/13″ attached.


Locks on bridges have become popular worldwide. I first saw them in San Francisco in 2014 and last year on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City where a sign saying not to attach locks was surrounded by them. Ironically, I saw a city worker with bolt cutters taking them off. Spoil sport.

The locks symbolize eternal love between a couple. After attaching the lock to the bridge, the couple is supposed to throw the key into the water so the lock (and their love) remains forever.


After noticing one lock, I suddenly saw five others along the bridge. Maybe they’ve been there for awhile unnoticed. Either way, I hope Corbett and Camila are doing well.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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