Wharf and East Potomac Park Jitney

The other day I was riding my bike around Hains Point when a helpful NPS Ranger asked if I knew about the ferry. When I told him I didn’t, he shared the details with me. Thanks, #NPSRanger. Throughout the summer (April – November), the Wharf runs a jitney across the Washington Channel to East Potomac … Continue reading “Wharf and East Potomac Park Jitney”

Lobsterman

Statue: Maine Lobsterman Location: Southwest waterfront Placement: 1983 Sculptor: Victor Kahill Cost to Taxpayers: $0, $30,000 raised by Camp Fire Girls of Cundys Harbor, Maine A bronze statue of a Maine lobsterman is located on Maine Avenue in Southwest on the Potomac waterfront in Washington. This statue is a gift from Maine. In 1939 Victor … Continue reading “Lobsterman”

John Ericsson

Statue: John Ericsson Location: West Potomac Park, 23rd Street and Ohio Drive, SW Sculptor: James Earle Fraser Dedication: May 29, 1926 Cost to Taxpayer: $35,000 One year after the death of John Ericsson a bill requesting $30,000 for a memorial to him was proposed in the Senate and referred to the House Library Committee. Apparently … Continue reading “John Ericsson”

Bartholdi Fountain

Bartholdi‘s Renaissance-style fountain of cast iron was first exhibited at the International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Congress bought it a year later for $6,000. Its first location was at the base of Capitol Hill to the south of where the Grant Memorial is located. Later it was removed and stored. And in 1932 … Continue reading “Bartholdi Fountain”