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Frederick Manhole Covers

Posted: April 30, 2017 in manhole covers
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One of the highlights of a recent trip to Frederick, Maryland, was coming across a variety of manhole covers.








Some mistakes are hard to fix. This picture was taken in Dumbarton Oaks, just north of Georgetown.

Photo courtesy of Steve S.


George Washington University in DC has its own manhole cover design. The manhole cover pictures here is located next to the Foggy Bottom metro station. I’ve walked on this block dozens of times before and yet today was the first time I noticed the unique design on this manhole cover. 

Konan, Japan

Posted: February 8, 2017 in manhole covers
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Konan, located in central Japan an hour northeast of Kyoto, is a town that no longer exists (at least as a separate entity). Approximately ten years ago it and four neighboring towns were aggregated into a new city, Koka, in the name of government efficiency. Hundreds of years ago Konan was home to members of the Koga ninja clan. Konan’s ninja heritage is still around today, via an amazing authentic ninja house that is open to the public.


Bruhl, Germany

Posted: January 11, 2017 in manhole covers
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Bruhl is a lovely small town (population: 44,000) located not too far from Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany. The town’s coat of arms, featured in this manhole cover, depicts St. Peter surrounded by Bruhl’s seven council members.

Thanks to Becky for providing the photo.

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What happened to the manhole covers on H Street NE? The manhole on the foreground is obviously missing, but so is the one in the background. In place of the manhole cover is a puddle covered with dark liquid.

Photo courtesy of Julia.

Portland, Oregon, is nicknamed the City of Roses, and for good reason: it is home to the International Rose Test Garden. This Portland General Electric lid pays homage to the city’s heritage. 

Photo courtesy of Dan G.