Often referred to as “The Nation's River,” the Potomac, which divides Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., was once an integral part of both the Civil War and Native American culture. Its name has been speculated to originate from a variety of languages and meanings, and the water – home to pike, bass, and even bull sharks – is withdrawn at quantities of just under 500 million gallons a day, and that's just in the Washington D.C. area alone.
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