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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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Looking east at construction on Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in the United States. Note the statue on the partially-constructed pedestal just to the right of the abutments (bottom center). The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts erected this mock-up to determine how high statues on the piers of the bridge should be.

Cool 1928 Photo of Arlington Memorial Bridge Construction

This beautiful old photo shows the construction of Memorial Bridge looking from D.C. towards Arlington …

  • Sheila Gilbert

    My goodness, I haven’t been there since 1967. We went snagging there with friends. It really was the most gorgeous place to fight the summer heat, and so relaxing and cool. Great memories.

  • Audrey Burtrum-Stanley

    Hains Point…marvelous location. The last time we were there was to view ‘THE AWAKENING’ by J. Stewrd Johnson. (This was a sculpture the US Government should have purchased.) The gigantic head and hand and feet rear’n upward from the earth was profound – the size was shocking – and we LOVED it! The placement on that spit of land was perfection. Alas, it is now gone.
    We have also visited the aged-yet-restored Presidential Yacht moored nearby.
    Hains Point is a fascinating location indeed. I would think many Washingtonians would be delighted to wile away their weekends strolling the parkland there – it was wonderful!

    • MsCurlyKat

      The Awakening is now located at the National Harbor.

      • Popeye

        Aside from the fact the National Harbor itself is terrible that location – for The Awakening specifically – doesn’t hold a candle to Hains Point. It’s a real shame they couldn’t have made that the permanent location.

        • MsCurlyKat

          I personally was shocked they moved it from Hains Point. I also don’t like that it is installed in what basically amounts to a sandbox. People have always climbed the statue for photos or whatever other reason, but I disagree with people wearing sandy shoes climbing all over it. All that will do is wear the statue’s surface down even quicker. I fail to see the logic of the move. Pretty sure it was meant to bring people familiar with it to the Harbor, along with their money, but still, they should have just created their own focal point to draw patrons.
          Eh, National Harbor is ok…not spectacular or anything, just ok. And horribly overpriced.