If you have been to Washington, DC as many times as I have, it becomes increasingly difficult to write an email about anything new. Of course, we have new residents in the White House, as well as in Congress. And I will say it is for the better. I found the last four years to be contentious, with a disturbing rise in White Supremacy. The enabling of hate, and hate crimes should have ended long ago!
But moving on, what is new, unknown, or undiscovered here?
There is no “J” Street in DC.
Seattle gets less than annually than DC (39 inches), very surprising.
DC has the second busiest Amtrak station after NYC.
DC residents consume more wine per capita than anywhere else in the US.
The Capitol Dome, where the insurrection of Jan. 6 took place, consists of almost NINE tons of cast iron.
Washington, DC is named for both George Washington, and Christopher Columbus.
The White House has 35 bathrooms. No comment! And 28 fireplaces.
Jimmy Carter watched more movies in the White House, 480, than any President to date.
DC is home to two endangered animals, the dwarf wedgemussel, and the Hay’s Spring amphipod.
The Library of Congress is home to more than 170 million items.
The DC Metro is the second busiest (5 million annually) subway transportation system, after NYC.
DC has some rather famous people born here:J. Edgar Hoover. Al Gore, JW Marriott, John Philip Sousa, Duke Ellington, Bobby Kennedy, Stephen Colbert, Connie Chung, Samuel L. Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Kevin Durant.
There is a typo on the north wall of the Lincoln Memorial (I will not tell you!).
President William Howard Taft is credited with starting the 7th inning stretch at baseball games.
The District of Columbia has 706,000 residents, more populous than Wyoming and Vermont!.
Not only George Washington never reside in the White House, but he also never lived in DC.
The Washington Monument was once the tallest building in the world (1884).
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of only four non-Presidents honored on the Mall.
The Capitol building was designed by a British doctor, William Thornton.
There were more members of the media at the 1963 March on Washington, than Kennedy’s inauguration two years earlier.
Both the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers started out as Washington Senators.
A law degree is not a requirement to be a Supreme Court Justice, 57% have not!
There is a basketball court on the top floor of the Supreme Court building.
Over 30 million of us visit the Smithsonians each year.
Our nation’s Capital is a wonderful place to visit. Even when the Smithsonians are closed!!! There is plenty to see and do. Should it become the 51st state? Why not?