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Carved in Stone: 1923

Carved in Stone: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Union Station." You'll come for the trains but stay for the sculpture. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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Below is the same view from May of 2018.

Stranded Streetcar

The streetcar on the forecourt is interesting. There do not appear to be any overhead wires for it, and it is too large for a cable car.

[The Washington, D.C. trolley system was powered by underground electric conduits. -tterrace]

Speaking of Sculptures

On my first trip to Washington D.C. circa 1979, I was shocked on arrival by train to find a nation's capital main railway station in decrepit condition. I did get to ride the underground shuttle train between the Capitol and Senate office buildings, before security issues arose. In recent visits I have been amazed at the transformation of Union Station into a showpiece of transportation and retail, with crowds that reflect bygone days. A friend there took me to see an interesting detail of one of the statues. You can read all about it here.

The door on the right

used to be known as The President's Entrance, and was reserved for use only by presidents, ambassadors, heads of state and Kate Smith.

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