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J. Edgar Hoover – The G-Man of Congressional Cemetery

Perhaps the most feared man by criminals and Congressmen alike is buried behind bars. J. Edgar Hoover once headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1924-77. Indeed, his name in on the building along Pennsylvania Ave. The nation’s top … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: When DuPont Circle fountain runs dry

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Dulles . . . as in Dulles International Airport

Many Washingtonians fly in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport without knowing who Dulles was. Turns out he was one of us. A Washington native, John Foster Dulles rose to Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisnehower from … Continue reading

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Check out our new Sex, Ghosts and Guns tour

Every year, I try to come up with a new specialty tour to keep locals interested. While the Lincoln assassination tour consistently draws well and the Kennedy homes of Georgetown is a good attraction, other tours ebb and flow. So … Continue reading

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A Chesapeake Waterman in Southern Maryland

Deep in Southern Maryland where the only jobs until the recent housing boom of the past decade were farming and fishing is a reminder of the past. This statue of A Chesapeake Waterman seeking crabs and oysters is a reminder … Continue reading

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Horse and Rider trots along

It looks like me ready to fall off, but sculptor Mario Marini’s Horse and Rider is considered an example of a man in control. Sure, if you say so. The seven-foot tall sculpture outside the Hirshhorn Museum is another of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown in the morning

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Second to none: the Second Division Memorial

Between the White House and the Washington Monument, the Second Division Memorial on Constitution Ave. approaching 17th St. is another overlooked sculpture. It’s something people just pass by. The memorial commemorates the U.S. Army’s Second Division’s dead during World War … Continue reading

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Juarez points the way

My first thought was “Oh great, another person telling me which way to go.” But as I sat at a red light near the Watergate I realized here was another of the Latin American liberators. Former Mexican President Benito Juarez … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Storefront in Georgetown

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Vietnam Wall to add 8 names, change 9 statuses

  Eight names are currently being added to the Vietnam Wall of those who were killed in action or died as a result of their injuries during the Vietnam War, which will make the new number 58,315. They are the … Continue reading

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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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