Washington D.C.: A Historical Walking Tour

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Arcadia Publishing, 1999 - History - 128 pages
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When it was passed in 1789, the Constitution set out the boundaries not only for a new government but for a new capital city as well. At the time, the new District of Columbia covered 5,000 acres, dominated by marshland on the south, pastureland on the area that is now the Mall, farms near the White House and Capitol Hill, and undeveloped woods throughout. Covering Capitol Hill, the Mall, the Old Downtown area, the Ellipse, Lafayette Square, and Foggy Bottom, this engaging photographic history and walking tour
documents how the Federal City grew from farmland to world capital. Striking images and detailed captions tell the fascinating stories behind many of the famous and the not so famous buildings and monuments that cover the D.C. landscape, from Union Station and the Capitol to the White House and the Watergate Hotel and many important sites in between.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Tour B Old Downtown
37
TourC The East Mall
57
Lafayette Square
71
Tour E The Ellipse
87
TourF The West Mall
103
Selective Bibliography
126
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A longtime tour guide and the author of Washington, D.C.: A Historical Walking Tour and Historic Georgetown: A Walking Tour, Thomas J. Carrier has compiled here a valuable visual tour through three of our nation's most symbolic buildings. Providing seven maps, more than 200 images, over 175 historic sites, and detailed information on the artwork and architectural details of each of these prominent structures, The White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court will guide readers on an enjoyable and edifying journey through three hundred years of American government and history.

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