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Meridian Hill Park

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Why Is It Named Meridian Hill?
Pierre L'Enfant had originally planned the City of Washington around a right triangle, with the eastern portion at the Capitol, the northern portion at the White House and the 90 degree angle close to where the Washington Monument sits today. Thomas Jefferson marked this spot in 1793 with a wooden post, which was replaced in 1804 with the Jefferson Pier.
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A Look at Meridian Hill Park Back in 1976 When It Was Pretty Rough
Take a look back at Meridian Hill Park in 1976 when it was in a state of disrepair. Now, it's getting back to being a great place to spend sunny weekends in Washington, DC.
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A Look Back at the Construction of Meridian Hill Park – Mary Foote Henderson’s Vision
Taking a look back at the construction of Meridian Hill Park in DC, largely thanks to Mary Foote Henderson's vision of the park. Uncovering never-before-seen photos from the Library of Congress of the park being built.
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Fidel Castro in Washington, DC in 1959: A Photo Essay
Relive Fidel Castro's visit to Washington, DC in 1959. This photo essay takes a look at a young Castro, his visit to Meridian Hill Park and his arrival at National Airport. A fascinating look at a revolutionary leader from our own backyard.
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Gone With the Wind? A Bizarre Incident at Meridian Hill Park in 1938
In June 1938, residents near Washington, DC's Meridian Hill Park reported a nude man roaming the park. When police arrived, only a pair of pants, a shirt, two shoes, a belt, a hat, and five dollars in cash were found. What happened to the man? Read the full story to find out!
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Exploring the Proposed Executive Mansion on Meridian Hill and Mary Foote Henderson's Plans for Washington
Take a look at the proposed Executive Mansion to be built on Meridian Hill, a plan championed by Mary Foote Henderson. See the extravagant design, plus learn more about Mrs. Henderson and other buildings that were never built in Washington.
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Exploring the Dedication Ceremony of the Joan of Arc Statue in Meridian Hill Park
Take a journey through history to explore the dedication of the iconic Joan of Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park. Learn about the ceremony, the people in attendance, and the symbolism of the statue.
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