MAR-13: National Mall – Washington D.C.

Springtime in D.C. – Have you been to our nation’s capitol?

The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool from Washington Monument:

National Mall - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

National Mall – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool were designed by Henry Bacon, and following the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922, the Pool construction was finished in 1923.  Located at the base of the Lincoln Memorial’s steps, the Reflecting Pool area has been the site of many historic events.  It is approximately 2,029 feet long (over a third of a mile) and 167 feet wide. It has a depth of approximately 18 inches on the sides and 30 inches in the center. It holds approximately 6,750,000 U.S. gallons of water.  Depending on the viewer’s vantage point, it dramatically reflects the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall’s trees, and/or the expansive sky.

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21-MAR-13: Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool

The Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool – National Mall, Washington D.C.

Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C.

The 555-foot, 5-1/8″ marble obelisk was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington’s military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. He led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation’s first president under the Constitution.  Construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84.  The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc72.htm

The Washington Monument was closed for repairs from damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, but is now open again!

Washington Monument National Park Homepage: http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

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