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Tag Archives: Washington D.C.
The 16-day federal government shutdown has ended. Can I hear an amen? I won’t thank lawmakers for finally coming to their senses, especially that idiot congressman who told a park ranger she should be ashamed for keeping people out of … Continue reading
I normally don’t write about politics. They are thousands of others who specialize in hate mongering. But I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. Aside being angry over people who like me losing money (most … Continue reading
I’m a big advocate of looking up when walking around major buildings. It’s amazing what you’re missing at street level. The Recorder of the Archives hangs above Pennsylvania Ave. Author James Goode called it “the finest sculptured pediment in Washington” … Continue reading
Along Pennsylvania Ave., I often tell tourists they’re walking over the same ground that many of our country’s great people have passed over two centuries. Abe Lincoln and John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ok, many walked on … Continue reading
Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The Dream Speech. Martin Luther King Jr. I was too young to understand exactly what was going on in town that day. A few years later, I did know what … Continue reading
Combat pilot, test pilot, astronaut and elected to Congress – it was quite a life for John Leonard “Jack” Swigert, Jr. A bronze statue of the Colorado Congressman-to-be stands in the Capitol Visitors Center. Made by George and Mark Lundeen, … Continue reading
When hearing Mount Vernon would have fireworks at 1 p.m. on the Fourth of July I had to see them. Daytime fireworks? It was a lot of fun even if the display was a little underwhelming and certainly nothing close … Continue reading
The Korean War Memorial’s Wall of Remembrance is often overlooked by passersby concentrating on the statues. But, it has so many great images among the 1,500 that are worth seeing. And the best is for last – the German Shepherd … Continue reading
The Oscar A. Strauss Memorial Fountain at the Reagan Building along 14th St. N.W. was 20 years in the making. It was time well spent. Strauss was a German immigrant in the 1850s who become one of the top U.S. … Continue reading
The Bullfinch Gatehouses certainly get around. Now at Constitution Ave. and 15th and 17th Streets, the two gatehouses were once on the western edge of the U.S. Capitol grounds from 1828-74. Named for Charles Bullfinch, a prominent Boston architect before … Continue reading
Born into slavery in 1797, Isabella Baumfree was the first of 13 siblings to be sold at auction at age nine. There would be four more owners over the next two decades. Finally, after an owner reneged on a promise … Continue reading
It’s not often a beautiful park is overshadowed by its neighbor, but Montrose Park at 30th and R Sts. NW has to be compared with adjacent Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. Well, Dumbarton charges and Montrose is free and more of a … Continue reading