Category archives for William O. Douglas

The Trail, the Inn and the Welcome

Justice William O. Douglas led the way both inside and outside Washington, that is until he met Olympia Celea Reges. She threw him and his distinguished hiking friends out of her restaurant, with some regret. Only Chief Justice Earl Warren would save the day.

The Long Walk That Saved the Canal

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On January 3, 1954, an editorial article appearing in the Washington Post which became a flashpoint for those that opposed the U.S. government’s building a parkway that would pave over the old 185-mile C&O Canal. It was a long hike proposed by Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas that would settle the matter and set a trend toward preserving nature and history.