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A Walking Tour of Washington, DC - The National Mall [Kindle Edition]

Doug Gelbert
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Book Description

There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour from walkthetown.com is ready to explore when you are.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who laid out the street plan for the District of Columbia, had a grand vision for the National Mall, the so-called “Grand Avenue.” It was to run west from the Capitol to a point directly south of the President’s House where its terminus would be crowned by an equestrian statue of George Washington. According to L’Enfant’s plan, the Mall was to be “four hundred feet in breadth, and about a mile in length, bordered by gardens, ending in a slope from the houses on each side.”

To realize L’Enfant’s dream things started slowly and then petered out completely. Then the Civil War came and the Mall grounds were used for military purposes, such as bivouacking and parading troops, slaughtering cattle and producing arms. In 1872, at 6th and B streets, a 14-acre tract was given to the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad for construction of a depot; the railroad was also granted permission to lay tracks across the Mall.

The National Mall was on the verge of disappearing altogether when, in 1902, Senator James McMillan of Michigan opened hearings to revisit L’Enfant’s original ideas. The first thing to do was tear down the railroad station and pull up the tracks. The swamps were drained and canals filled. Grass was planted and four rows of majestic American elm trees installed on the edges the entire length of the Mall. It was decided that all public buildings to be constructed would be created in the image of ancient Rome and Athens.

Today there are nine museums on the Mall, two entrances for underground museums, and the Department of Agriculture. Our walking tour begins at the east end in the shadow of the United States Capitol, following along the southern edge and returning along the northern side...


Product Details

  • File Size: 1703 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Cruden Bay Books (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BWORK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful December 15, 2012
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Brief and to the point. A great pocket guide to set you on the right track to discovering the large, often visited and small, off the beaten path monuments and wonders of Washington's National Mall and surrounding areas.
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1.0 out of 5 stars no table of content, no index November 23, 2013
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I do not see how this book can be used while walking. The directions how to get from place to place are not detailed enough. Maps of of each segment and what can be seen along the walk should be included. If one would want to use it at random there is no table of content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Walking DC November 8, 2012
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This book was helpful but there is so much to see and so much walking to do that the breakdown didn't seem to work for us. It was nice getting some tips. I think it is a tool to look at and then go do what you want to do. There is so much to see you need a month to really appreciate everything.
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