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Early America Photo Tour

Since I did the Federal Government photo tour yesterday, it is only fitting that the next tour be how this country was started – The Early America Photo Tour.


President Washington appointed Pierre Charles L’Enfant to design the new capital city.  In his 1791 plan for the future city of Washington, D.C., L’Enfant envisioned a garden-lined “grand avenue” approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in length and 400 feet (120 m) wide, in an area that would lie between the Capitol building and an equestrian statue of George Washington to be placed directly south of the White House. The National Mall occupies the site of this planned “grand avenue”, which was never constructed. The Washington Monument stands near the planned site of its namesake’s equestrian statue.  The term “National Mall” commonly includes areas that are officially part of West Potomac Park and Constitution Gardens to the west, and often is taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center. The National Mall receives approximately 24 million visitors each year.


You can not talk about early American History without talking about the documents that formed this country.  Check out yesterday’s blog The Federal Government Photo Tour for more information.


After leaving the National Archives, walk down Constitution Avenue to the Constitution Gardens, between Constitution Avenue and the Reflecting Pool. Constitution Gardens is a living legacy to the founding of the republic.  It has a memorial for the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence on the small island in the lake.


The next stop will most definitely have to be the monument dedicated to our first president. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555’ 5 1/8” tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles.

Admission is free but does require a ticket.


The next stop should be the Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the principle author of the Declaration of Indpendence. The words written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals. Today, many of these impressive, stirring words adorn the interior walls of his memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial stands as a symbol of liberty and endures as a site for reflection and inspiration for all citizens of the United States and the world.

One of the best times of year to visit the memorial is in the spring with the Cherry Blossoms which surround the Tidal Basin are in bloom.


May 7, 2010 - Posted by | Photo Tour Series | , , , , , ,

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