The Jefferson Pier, Washington DC

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  • It is a monument located near the Washington Monument located in a large park on the South side of the White House. During this day, we are exploring, head was turning in low-flying helicopter around the White House. During emergencies can put the President soon, so I'm preparing for it. I thought.
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  • I came across the stone as I walked the distance between Lincoln Memorial towards the Washington Monument and stopped to pose barefoot in the grass at the imaginary line between White House and Jeffer...  more »
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  • This is around a bout the point where the Washington monument should have been, on the north-south, east-west axis. According to the L'Enfant plan, an equestrian statue of George Washington would have been built here. But when the monument was changed to an enormously heavy (81,000 tonne) obelisk. The decision was made not to place the Washington monument on the axis, as the marshy and soft ground would have compromised the monuments structural integrity. But instead a few hundred feet south-east which is why the monument is not on the axis, and the National mall is unsymmetrical.
  • According to the National Park Service: " On December 18th, 1804, a simple granite obelisk was erected at the intersection of lines from the front doors of the Executive Mansion and the Capitol Building, as part of a meridian system used to align city streets and development. As President, Thomas Jefferson wished for the United States to become scientifically as well as politically independent from Europe, so he wished for the new national capital itself to be a new “first meridian.” The original marker aided surveyors and later served as a benchmark during construction of the Washington Monument. As Tiber Creek was transformed into the Washington City Canal, the marker became known as the “Jefferson Pier” because barges navigating the Potomac River routinely used the original marker as an anchoring post. The entire Mall area west of the Pier Stone was once under water! The original marker disappeared in 1874, but a replacement marker was erected December 21, 1889. This simple obelisk is about 100 yards on a diagonal from the northwest corner of the Washington Monument. In addition to offering a glimpse into the dramatic changes the National Mall has undergone, this spot offers marvelous views of the surrounding monuments. When viewed at night from this vantage point, flashbulbs going off in the chamber of the Lincoln memorial look like fireflies on a warm summer night."

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