Author Archives: Rick

Temperance Fountain is all wet

It has been called “the city’s ugliest statue.” Indeed, fine arts commissions were established afterwards to prevent such monstrosities while a Senate resolution once tried to move it. But the Temperance Fountain at Seventh St. and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. across … Continue reading

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A picture’s worth a thousand words

Probably 90 percent of visitors at Arlington National Cemetery walk through the middle of the 660 acres to John F. Kennedy’s Eternal Flame and then cross over to the Tomb of the Unknowns for the changing of the guard. Some … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Springtime in Washington

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Joseph Henry was no ding-dong

The statue of the man who invented the doorbell stands before a building that has none. Then again, how many castles do? Joseph Henry was a 19th century scientist whose work in electromagnets led him to become the first Secretary … Continue reading

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‘Wild Bill’ was the supreme justice

William Orville Douglas served the most time of anyone on the Supreme Court and it still wasn’t long enough for the accidental libertarian. The Associate Justice served 36 years and 209 days as a Franklin D. Roosevelt appointee who lasted … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Teddy Roosevelt plaque

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Remembering 151st anniversary of Lincoln’s death

A dozen or so people gathered on the otherwise empty street at 7 a.m. seemingly away from the many commuters entering the city. They would only stay a short time. Both strangers and old friends said hello and waited for … Continue reading

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Bladensburg-D.C. boundary marker at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery

Long before it was a staging area for Civil War troops met by president Abe Lincoln or where blood was shed during the Battle of 1812 as British troops marched into Washington or even when it became a cemetery, Fort … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Scaling the Jefferson Memorial

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Whatever happened to spring?

The cherry blossoms have come and gone. That means it’s spring – right? Saturday was a new adventure in guiding. I often say I love the job – you meet people from everywhere, get some exercise and make good money. … Continue reading

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Lincoln Cottage still a great respite

I have a secret – I’d never been to the Lincoln Cottage before  taking a tour group. And it’s better than expected. Now I’ll leave the nuts and bolts to the website Lincolncottage.org. But a few things hit me during … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Jefferson Memorial

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Washington Circle remembers that Washington

It is perhaps the most overlooked statue in plain sight of the man for whom the city is named. Washington Circle by Foggy Bottom that intersects 23rd, K St., New Hampshire Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW has a bronze equestrian … Continue reading

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Giant pile of rocks dwarfed by the man underneath

What rocks atop graves means is the runaway most read post on a daily basis in the near three years of my blog. Rocks are a Jewish tradition stemming from the Bible where Rebecca is buried along the road to … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Rich Hill on Booth’s escape route

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Slow down to see Woodrow Wilson medallion

Not often is a memorial meant to be seen at 60 miles per hour. In fact, I went by it for 52 years before discovering it’s not a dime. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge connecting Maryland and Virginia is named after … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms up and close

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It’s cherry blossom time

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Did somebody say magnolias?

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Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin

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