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February 15th, 2011
Discover America Through Postcards

8th Annual -- Fifth week's Finalist

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

     This aerial view of the Jefferson Memorial shows the "pantheon-like" design originally proposed by the 1901 Senate Park Commission, a plan which lay dormant for 37 years until FDR spearheaded its completion in 1943. The memorial stands on the site of what had been a popular public beach.

Learn about:  The National Mall

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Did you know?

     A large protest erupted over construction of the Jefferson Memorial because:

a) It closed the public beach forever.

b) Jefferson was the third president, what about Adams, the second?

c) It required cutting down old elm and cherry trees on the site.

d) It was not part of Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the city.

e) A Roman, pantheon-style structure on the National Mall would diminish the simple obelisk monument dedicated to Washington the "Father" of the country.

See the answer here and learn more about the National Mall.

     -- Priscilla & Ken
     the "Postcard People"

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