“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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By James L.Whitman, October 22, 2021
Veterans Memorial
1Alabama (Barbour County), Elamville — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the who Served Honorably in our Nations Armed ForcesMap (db m184477) WM
2Alabama (Colbert County), Sheffield — Nitrate Plant No. 1
Production Difficulties Several complications impeded this plant's full operation including its inability to operate at the required pressure of 200 atmospheres at 500-600° C. Most importantly, ammonia synthesis could not be sustained due to . . . Map (db m183922) HM
3Alabama (Colbert County), Sheffield — Nitrate Plant No. 1
An Experimental Plant During World War 1, construction of the first ammonia synthesis plant in the U.S. began on this location in October 1917. With plans acquired by American and British espionage, construction of U.S. Nitrate Plant No. 1 . . . Map (db m183927) HM
4Alabama (Dale County), Arguta Community — Union (Arguta) Cemetery Established By Union Presbyterian Church 1843-2016
Founded by the Keahey family and related immigrants from Scotland, the adjacent Union Presbyterian Church established this cemetery before the Civil War. The Presbytery of South Alabama, a District Governing Body of the Presbyterian Church . . . Map (db m183624) HM
5Alabama (Dale County), Ozark — Hon. George W. Andrews1906-1971
Member of the United State Congress 1944-1971 Dedicated Family Man and Humanitarian Loyal Alabamian Outstanding District Attorney Vigilant Legislator Supporter of State's Rights Conserver of Nation's Resources Ardent Advocate of . . . Map (db m184478) HM
6Alabama (Dale County), Ozark — The Dr. Eratus Byron Ard Family Memorial
This Marker is placed here as a memorial to Dr. Eratus Byron Ard and his wife Zenada Byrd Ard and to their family who occupied this property from 1895 to 1971. Their children were: Ligon Briggs Ard Toxey Ard Sorrell . . . Map (db m184073) HM
7Alabama (Dale County), Ozark — The Ozark Carillon and TowerDedicated on 24 June 1973
To all military and civilian personnel who have served at Fort Rucker since 1942 with special recognition of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in fighting for freedom throughout the world. The citizens of Ozark are deeply grateful for the . . . Map (db m184131) HM WM
8Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — Advancing American Art Collection
Auburn University's acquisition of paintings from the auction featured works by major artists of the day, including Arthur Dove, Lyonel Feininger, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ben Shahn, together with significant examples by emerging . . . Map (db m183933) HM
9Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — Auburn First Baptist ChurchEstablished 1838
Auburn First Baptist Church's history dates to June 19, 1838. The first church structure was a log building erected on the north side of West Glenn Avenue on land donated by Judge John Harper, the Methodist founder of the town of Auburn. Land for . . . Map (db m183941) HM
10Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — Auburn UniversityAlabama’s Oldest Land-Grant University
Used popularly since the founding of East Alabama Male College in 1856, the name Auburn University was made official by the Legislature in 1960, in recognition of the school's second century of service to the state and nation. Originally . . . Map (db m183914) HM
11Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — East Alabama Male CollegeCentennial Garden — 1856  –   1956 —
Centennial Garden commentates the granting of a state charter to the East Alabama Male College February 1, 1856 Established by Alabama Methodists to foster Christian education. Formally opened on October 1, 1859 Used as a . . . Map (db m183916) HM
12Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — Luckie Meagher's Kindergarten / Sani-Freeze Dairy Bar
Luckie Meagher's Kindergarten Mrs. Luckie Meagher established a private kindergarten just east of this site and served as its premier teacher for more than 30 years, caring for delicate young minds from both Auburn and Lee County. Red Meagher . . . Map (db m184029) HM
13Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — North College Street Historic District
With the creation of the seven-member Historic Preservation Commission by the Auburn City Council in 1999, the City took its first step in establishing historic districts to preserve its architectural heritage. The first work of the Commission . . . Map (db m184196) HM
14Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — The East Alabama Methodist College
The East Alabama Methodist College occupying this site was used as a Confederate hospital 1864 • 1865 1888 Alabama Polytechnic Institute Agricultural & Mechanical College Burned June 24, 1887.Map (db m183920) HM
15Alabama (Lee County), Auburn — Toomers Corner And The Bank Of Auburn
This famous intersection, now known as Toomers Corner was named for businessman and State Senator Sheldon Toomer who founded the Bank of Auburn here in 1907. He served 45 years as bank President and 25 years on the Auburn City Council. Toomers . . . Map (db m183930) HM
16Alabama (Lee County), Opelika — Opelika A Railroad Town/Opelika An Industrial City
Opelika A Railroad Town Opelika An Industrial CityOpelika's original name was Opelikan when the town was founded in the 1830s. In 1850, the name was respelled as Opelika. In 1851, the Montgomery & West Point Railroad Company extended its . . . Map (db m184077) HM
17Alabama (Lowndes County), Lowndesboro — Elmore BollingMay 10, 1908 - December 4, 1947
Lowndesboro, AL—Enraged whites, jealous over the business success of a Negro are believed to be the lynchers of Elmore Bolling. Bolling, 39, was found riddled with shot gun and pistol shots 150 yards from his general merchandise store. It is . . . Map (db m184279) HM
18Arizona (Apache County), Lupton — Arizona HighwaysSunset Point Rest Area
U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on Nov. 11, 1926, with road signs erected . . . Map (db m184319) HM
19Arizona (Pinal County), Florence — Harvey-Niemeyer House
This example of Early Transitional architecture combined Sonoran and Victorian elements. Built of adobe in 1880, the house was later veneered with red brick to give it a Victorian appearance. Physician William Harvey was known as an "Angel of Mercy" . . . Map (db m184138) HM
20Arkansas (Clark County), Arkadelphia — Hollywood Methodist Church
As settlers began arriving in this area around 1812, the need for religious services became a top priority among the residents. Brush arbor meetings were held every summer. Soon a log structure was built along the creek that marked the beginning of . . . Map (db m184576) HM
21Arkansas (Nevada County), Emmet — 13 — Ephesus CemeteryEmmet
The Ephesus Cemetery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 22, 2009, was established for the members and families of the Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church. Thirteen years before the platting of the railroad town of Emmet, ten . . . Map (db m184499) HM
22Arkansas (Nevada County), Prescott — 5 — Governor Thomas Chipman McRaePrescott
Thomas Chipman McRae, born in Mount Holly (Union County), Arkansas, became a courier for the Confederate Army at age twelve, following his father's early death. He attended area schools and later graduated from Washington & Lee University law school . . . Map (db m184504) HM
23Arkansas (Pike County), Billstown — 11 — Glen Travis Campbell
Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell was born in Billstown, Arkansas on April 22, 1936. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Campbell brought country music to the mainstream as . . . Map (db m184564) HM
24Arkansas (Pulaski County), Jacksonville — First Jacksonville School
Although earlier schools existed, this first permanent Jacksonville school site was donated town founder Nicholas W. Jackson in 1880 to the Jacksonville Academy Association By 1881, all eight grades were taught here in a one room log building. The . . . Map (db m183540) HM
25Arkansas (Pulaski County), Jacksonville — Governor Homer M. Adkins1890-1964
The 32nd Governor of the State of Arkansas (Dem. 1941 - 34) was born near Jacksonville on October 15, 1890 in the community of Piedmont, spent his childhood here and attended Bayou Metro public School. Gov. Adkins was largely responsible for . . . Map (db m183524) HM
26Arkansas (Pulaski County), Jacksonville — In Honor and Remembrance
In honor and remembrance of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001 and to celebrate the enduring spirit of all American.Map (db m184336) WM
27Arkansas (Pulaski County), Jacksonville — Jacksonville, Arkansas
Coming of the railroad led to the naming of Jacksonville in 1870 for Nicholas W. "Nick" Jackson (1832 - 1916), a land owner and mule owner who donated the depot site to the Old Cairo & Fulton Railroad with the provision that the new station be named . . . Map (db m183518) HM
28Arkansas (Pulaski County), Jacksonville — Memorial Honoring 53
Not all soldiers wear uniforms and carry rifles. Those civilian workers who went into the Titan II Missile complex near Searcy August 9, 1965, were dressed in work clothes, wore hard hats, carried hammers and paint brushes, but who's to say they . . . Map (db m184023) HM
29Arkansas (Pulaski County), Jacksonville — Tom Cory1933-2000
Tom Cory came to Jacksonville in 1968 and along with Paul Ramm and Brad Blakeway, formed Arkansas precast corporation. His hard work and leadership helped enable their company to prosper and to employ over 100 people, precast concrete from . . . Map (db m183543) HM
30Arkansas (White County), Beebe — Beebe Gold Star Family Memorial Monument
This monument pays tribute to the sacrifices made by families who lost a loved one in military services to the United States of America. The heritage and patriotism of the Beebe community is depicted in the first scene. The second scene . . . Map (db m183679) WM
31California (Alameda County), Oakland — The Railroad History of Shepherd CanyonSacramento Northern
It is silent now, but long ago, you would hear the shrill scraping of iron wheels along a track as a green Interurban electric train would suddenly appear and pass along the very path on which you are standing. From 1912 to 1957, the popular . . . Map (db m184320) HM
32California (Contra Costa County), Lafayette — First Settlement of LafayetteFebruary 7, 1848
In this location on the Rancho Acalanes, Elam and Margaret Allen Brown founded Lafayette by building their first house, a crude affair constructed while Mrs. Brown prepared dinner. In 1849, they erected a horse powered grist mill across the . . . Map (db m184240) HM
33California (Contra Costa County), Lafayette — Site of Bickerstaff House
Built in 1879 by James Bickerstaff on a dirt road that is now Mt. Diablo Blvd. Daughter, Jennie Bickerstaff (Rosenberg), lived in the house for 85 years. It was razed in 1964 to build a market which is now at 3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Jennie was . . . Map (db m184239) HM
34California (Contra Costa County), Moraga — Moraga Train Station
On this site was the Moraga Train Station of the Sacramento Northern Railway, a 183-mile railway that connected Oakland and Chico via Sacramento, handling passengers and freight. The station served Moraga Valley from 1913 to 1957. . . . Map (db m184241) HM
35California (Del Norte County), Klamath — The End of the Trail
James Earle Fraser and his End of the Trail What you see here is a copy of the famous "End of the Trail" statue. You have probably seen this image in many forms from small statues to bookends to belt buckles all across the United . . . Map (db m183669) HM
36California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 920 — Aoyama Tree
Ficus Macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig) planted circa 1920. Declared 2008, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 920, Cultural Heritage Commission, City of Los Angeles.Map (db m183767) HM
37California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Colonel Ellison OnizukaChallenger Memorial
Colonel (USAF) Ellison Shoji Onizuka Astronaut/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 24, 1946 — January 28, 1986. Colonel Onizuka was the first Japanese American astronaut selected to participate in America's . . . Map (db m183925) HM
38California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 125 — Fine Arts Building
Romanesque style. Architects - Walker and Eisen. Built 1927. Declared 1974, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 125, City of Los Angeles, Cultural Heritage Commission, Cultural Affairs Department.Map (db m183788) HM
39California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 121 — Garfield Building1928
A significant example of the opulent Art Deco style. Declared Historic Cultural Monument No. 121 by the Cultural Heritage Board, Municipal Arts Department, City of Los Angeles.Map (db m184114) HM
40California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — MacArthur Park
Westlake Park First MacArthur Park and its scenic pond began to enchant visitors late in the 19th century. Then called Westlake Park, the Los Angeles Times observed in 1891, that it was "a pretty, breezy spot. The lake is well . . . Map (db m183978) HM
41California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 45 — Mooers House
Residence — 818 S. Bonnie Brae. A prototype of distinctive architecture of the boom of the 80’s. Declared Historic Cultural Monument No. 45 by the Cultural Heritage Board, Municipal Arts Department, City of Los Angeles.Map (db m184007) HM
42California (Mariposa County), Hornitos — St. Catherine Catholic Church
St. Catherine Church was built during the 1860’s probably in 1865. Before the church was built, priests came from Stockton to say Mass for the people of Hornitos. Priests from Sonora and Mariposa came for Mass after the church was built. In the . . . Map (db m183735) HM
43California (Orange County), Dana Point — California's Highway 1Pacific Coast Highway
The Most Beautiful Drive in America California's fabled road begins here in Dana Point and winds north along the scenic California coast linking waterside destinations, secluded stretches, and California's biggest cities. The road ends near . . . Map (db m183015) HM
44California (Orange County), Dana Point — Doheny State Beach
Named for Ned Doheny Jr., son of Edward L. Doheny, who donated the land in his memory to the State of California in 1931. In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps erected an adobe wall along Pacific Coast Highway. This wall replicates that original . . . Map (db m183019) HM
45California (Orange County), Dana Point — Surfin' Dana PointThe Waves Were Killer
The Notorious Wave Back in the day, if you dared, you grabbed your board and headed for Killer Dana. The wave was known as Dana Cove when the weather was calm - but when the surf was over 10 feet, Killer Dana's thick, right-breaking curl . . . Map (db m183042) HM
46California (Orange County), Dana Point — The Endless SummerSurfing's Greatest Film was Born in Dana Point
Seminal Surfing Story Filmed in the early 1960s, the documentary The Endless Summer follows two California as they circle the globe to surf. The pair introduce the sport to many who had never seen it, and discover what is now one of the . . . Map (db m183024) HM
47California (Orange County), Dana Point — The Richfield TowerBright and Tall Over Dana Point
Dana Point's Landmark for 43 Years From 1928 until 1971 one feature dominated this stretch of roadway: a giant open-frame tower marked with the neon letters spelling out R-I-C-H-F-I-E-L-D as part of the name of the Richfield Oil and Gas . . . Map (db m183017) HM
48California (Sacramento County), Fair Oaks — Sept. 11, 2001 MemorialWe Remember
This memorial is dedicated with appreciation to the firefighters, police officers, and emergency personnel who unselfishly gave their lives while aiding their fellow men following the unprecedented act of terrorism against this country on September . . . Map (db m52741) WM
49California (San Diego County), San Clemente — Basilone RoadThe Story Behind the Name
From an Italian-American family of ten children in Raritan, New Jersey, Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone (1916-1945) was a celebrated war hero. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts in Guadalcanal, where he manned a . . . Map (db m183223) HM WM
50California (San Diego County), San Diego — Derby Dike
Federal Flood Control Project 1853 George H. Derby Builder (John Phoenix) Lt. U.S. Topographical Corps Map (db m183268) HM
51California (San Joaquin County), Escalon — Campo Bravo Arena
Frank Vaz Borba was born near Visalia in Goshen, California on February 17, 1927. He was a son of Portuguese immigrants from Terceira Island Azores that cave him the passion for brave bulls. In Frank's blood was the instincts of a true fighting . . . Map (db m183454) HM
52California (San Mateo County), Half Moon Bay — In Memorial to the Commercial Fisherman Lost at Sea
Down to the sea in ships they go, these chosen men of steel. Though mist and foam and northwest wind is pounding at the keel. So sail they must each crispy morn, away from trees and sod. The sea may own their windburned flesh but their souls . . . Map (db m183796) HM
53California (Ventura County), Saticoy — 176 — Saticoy Railroad Depot
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m184238) HM
54California (Ventura County), Saticoy — 6 — Saticoy SpringsHistoric Point of Interest — Chumash Indian Village —
Ventura County is within the historic territory of the Ventureño Chumash. The Chumash village of Sa’aqtik’oy, from which the Saticoy area takes its name, was located near this site and was first recorded in the diaries of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo . . . Map (db m184242) HM
55District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — A Book Brings A Dinosaur To Life
In 1956, author Oliver Butterworth brought a dinosaur to life thrilling millions of readers with his tale. In The Enormous Egg, 12-year old Nate Twitchell spots an egg unlike any other on his family farm. A few weeks after Nate's . . . Map (db m184435) HM
56District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — A Fiberglass Film Star
This life-sized model of a triceratops may not give autographs but he was the star of a 1968 hit. Uncle Beazley—for that's who he is—"starred" in the movie The Enormous Egg, a film based upon the 1956 children's book of the same name. . . . Map (db m184433) HM
57District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — An Alternative to Logging
After China banned commercial logging in 1998, tourism became the main source of income in the places where giant pandas live. Today, visitors travel from around the world to tour panda breeding centers and see their bamboo forest . . . Map (db m184390) HM
58District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — An Invasive Fish
Northern snakeheads are commonly caught for food in Asia. In 2002 they were discovered in Maryland and North Carolina—likely imported to U.S. fish markets, then unlawfully released. They have since been found along the East Coast, in parts of . . . Map (db m184407) HM
59District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Are They Bison or Buffalo?
Depends on whom you ask. Scientifically, American bison are not buffalo; true "buffalo" are only found in Africa. Culturally, the names bison and buffalo are both correct. When European explorers first came to North America, they called the giant . . . Map (db m184414) HM
60District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Art in the Park
There is a long tradition of public art at the Zoo. Check out the roof of Think Tank to see bear and fox cub finials (1) installed in 1907. Works Progress Administration (WPA) from the 1930s includes five stone and bronze medallions on the . . . Map (db m184445) HM
61District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Back in Business
When the panda reserves were established, the Chinese government banned villagers from collecting wild mushrooms from the forest to sell at market. So farmers built tented mushroom farms outside of the reserves as an alternative way to . . . Map (db m184410) HM
62District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
The Pride of a Nation Once endangered due to pollution, habitat loss and hunting, the bald eagle has recovered, becoming one of very few animals to be removed from the endangered species list. Now found in regions where it was long-absent, . . . Map (db m184431) HM
63District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Bald EagleAquatic
Bald eagles were once endangered largely due to DDT, a pesticide that harmed bald eagles' eggs. The banning of DDT along with the passage of the Endangered Species Act helped the bald eagles' numbers to rise, and today our national bird is no longer . . . Map (db m184438) HM
64District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Bison and the Land
Bison were a means to an end. To Native Americans, bison were a source of food, tools, warmth and shelter. To American settlers, they were food, but they were also in the way; bison thrived on the same land that the growing nation wanted. . . . Map (db m184422) HM
65District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Black-footed Ferret / GiraffeGrassland
Black-footed Ferret Black-footed ferrets are the only ferret species in North America. Once thought to be extinct, they were rediscovered in 1981. With the help of the Zoo's conservation efforts and breeding programs, the black-footed . . . Map (db m184441) HM
66District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Farmers and FelinesFarmland is stretching into cheetah territory more and more. What happens to the cats?
Squeezed Out Downsizing doesn't work for cheetahs; cats in the wild need large areas in which to find food and mates. As their habitat is lost to expanding farmland: > The range in which they can look for prey gets smaller. > They . . . Map (db m184426) HM
67District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Fishing CatVanishing Wetlands — Vulnerable —
. . . Map (db m184383) HM
68District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Forests Without Food?
Within the last 20 years, about the lifetime of one tiger, more than half of Sumatran forests have been cut down. As forests vanish, tigers have a harder and harder time finding food. They have smaller habitats in which to hunt, and many . . . Map (db m184437) HM
69District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Giant PandaIncredible Shrinking Habitat — Vulnerable —
Giant pandas are running out of wild places to call home. Logging and development in China have destroyed nearly all suitable giant panda habitat. As a result, the government continues to set aside reserves, and in 1998, banned . . . Map (db m184386) HM
70District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Giant PandaProtecting Giant Pandas — Vulnerable —
They're the world's most recognized threatened species. Hundreds of years ago, giant pandas likely lived throughout central China. But the growing number of people in that region and their dependence on the forests left very little land . . . Map (db m184388) HM
71District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Giant Pandas
Where Pandas Once Lived Giant pandas once lived across southeast China and in northern Burma and Vietnam. Giant pandas living in China's lowlands lost their habitat in the 12th century as people moved into the river . . . Map (db m184389) HM
72District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — It's Our 125th Birthday!Smithsonian's National Zoo — 125 Years —
The Zoo began 125 years ago out of a concern to save wildlife. The American bison was nearly extinct and other North American animals were threatened. Today, the Zoo cares for about 2,000 animals and saves species from all over the world. . . . Map (db m184453) HM
73District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Komodo Dragons at the National Zoo
Historic Hatchlings In 1992, the National Zoo became the first place outside the Komodo dragon's native Indonesia to successfully breed the giant lizard. Since then, four clutches of eggs have hatched at the Zoo, resulting in 55 offspring . . . Map (db m184449) HM
74District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Last ChanceOryx and gazelle reproduction programs
Going, Going…Coming Back? The scimitar-horned oryx and the dama gazelle once thrived on the grassy plains spanning northern Africa. But threats such as overhunting, drought, and competition from domestic cattle led to massive losses for . . . Map (db m184427) HM
75District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Lions and Tigers
The Zoo's first permanent animal house building was the Lion House. With three stone sides, the last side was hastily boarded up when construction money fell short. It stayed that way until the current exhibit was built in 1974. Our roomy . . . Map (db m184246) HM
76District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Maned Wolf / Przewalski's HorseGrassland
Maned Wolf The maned wolf has a unique method of hunting prey. When it hears a small animal moving in the grass, it taps its foot on the ground, startling its prey into running. The wolf then pounces on the exposed animal to catch its meal. . . . Map (db m184439) HM
77District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Meet Our Bison
American Prairie Reserve in Montana maintains a herd of bison that have never been bred with domestic cattle. Bison herds like this are rare and are crucial for restoring the species to the western landscape. In 2020, American Prairie sent two . . . Map (db m184413) HM
78District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Olmsted WalkSmithsonian's National Zoo — 125 Years —
Evolved from carriageway to walkway, our main visitor path named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned landscape architect who designed the basic layout and flow of the Zoo. Olmsted's legacy is found in the green spaces, natural atmosphere and . . . Map (db m184452) HM
79District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Optimism for the Oryx
What happened to the oryx? Overhunting and competition from domestic cattle led to the decline of wild scimitar-horned oryx. By 1990, the only remaining oryx were in human care. Though still considered extinct in the wild, . . . Map (db m184425) HM
80District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Ostrich / Domestic HorseDesert
Ostrich Ostriches have long, powerful legs that help them run faster than any other bird, over 40 miles per hour. Ostriches also use their legs for defense, kicking threatening predators hard enough to cause serious injury or death. . . . Map (db m184440) HM
81District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Pelicans in Peril
The Zoo's brown pelicans are living proof of what ocean debris can do. Once wild birds, the pelicans became entangled in abandoned fishing gear. With damaged wings and no longer able to survive on their own, the pelicans are cared for today by Zoo . . . Map (db m184432) HM
82District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Rebuilding in the Wild
Breeding Programs Habitat loss and competition with livestock caused drastic declines of Przewalski's horses, and by the 1960s they were declared extinct in the wild. Zoo breeding programs rebuilt wild populations from a mere 14 . . . Map (db m184429) HM
83District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Red PandasSpecies on the Brink — Endangered —
There are fewer than 10,000 red pandas alive today. People have long-hunted red pandas for their rich, soft pelts. Also, expanding human populations have taken over their mountain habitat, reducing the wild places where red pandas . . . Map (db m184411) HM
84District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Saving Chinese Alligators From Extinction
Zoos Are Part of the Plan In 1982, the Chinese alligator became the first reptile to be managed by an AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP). An SSP helps ensure survival of a species through the management of breeding in North American zoos and . . . Map (db m184448) HM
85District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Scientists on the "Hunt"
Zoo scientists search for new discoveries and new opportunities to save endangered species—like the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Since the 1970s, Zoo scientists have looked for tigers in the wild to understand tiger . . . Map (db m184436) HM
86District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Sloth BearCompeting for Space — Vulnerable —
Development has put the squeeze on sloth bears. People have cut down sloth bear forests to build new farms and roads. The most used land by people (lowlands) is the best habitat for the animals.Map (db m184382) HM
87District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — The GatheringThe Observer The Explorer The Servant The Matriarch The Alpha The Youth The Ally — Bart Walter • 1998, Bronze, life-size —
"My hope is that you will join this gathering of chimpanzees and engage your imagination. Take time to reflect on how it may feel to be within a social group of fellow primates. Look around at each different member of The . . . Map (db m184443) HM
88District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — The Nut SeekersChipmunks and squirrels are nuts about nuts
Squirrels and chipmunks help in the birth of new trees by spreading their seeds far and wide. Chipmunks hoard acorns, beechnuts, and maple seeds in larders in their underground burrows. Squirrels bury acorns here and there for later . . . Map (db m184447) HM
89District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — The Scoop on PoopSmithsonian's National Zoo — 125 Years —
Since the early days of few resources, there's one thing the Zoo has never been short on—animal waste. That's a good thing! Reproductive and stress hormones found in poop help scientists make important decisions about species' survival and . . . Map (db m184421) HM
90District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Wang Dajun
Wang Dajun, a researcher with Peking University, works closely with National Zoo scientists to study giant pandas and teach courses in the reserves. Dajun has put radio collars on wild pandas to learn about animals' behaviors and mating . . . Map (db m184392) HM
91District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — What's the O-Line?
In 1995, the Zoo debuted the O-Line, a series of towers and vine-like cables. It allows our orangutans to travel between the Great Ape House and Think Tank, if they choose to do so. Still innovative, the O-Line was the first . . . Map (db m184442) HM
92District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Where Did The Portico Go?
Albert Harris, an early-20th-century municipal architect for Washington, D.C., designed the original portico of the Reptile Discovery Center (then called the Reptile House) in 1931. Over the past 90 years, it has suffered water damage, fading, and . . . Map (db m184454) HM
93District of Columbia (Washington), Smithsonian National Zoo — Zhu Xiaojian
"When we worked in the field, we held the giant panda cubs to take their measurements. It was very sweet. As a team, we worked very closely. Living together in the forest, we were like members of one family. We took care of . . . Map (db m184391) HM
94District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest Federal Center — 9/11 Memorial
In memory of the lives lost in the attack on America September 11, 2001Map (db m110061) WM
95District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest Federal Center — Earth Day ParkEarth Day Park Serves as a Vital Pollinator Oasis
Earth Day Park was originally dedicated on April 22, 1996, in a culmination of efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. General Services Administration to transform a neglected, vacant lot into a green oasis. the park's most recent . . . Map (db m184560) HM
96District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest Waterfront — Abraham Lincoln
During the Civil War, President Lincoln greeted troops upon arriving at the Southwest Waterfront, including Union Soldiers on their way to Fort Stevens to defend Washington from a Confederate Attack.Map (db m183749) HM
97District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Broomsedge
A species of bluestem grasses, the broomsedge plant is distinguished by its slender stalk, straw-colored leaves, and orange fall foliage. The roots of this grass were used by the Rappahannock tribe to soothe poison ivy rash and skin . . . Map (db m184308) HM
98District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Built above an underground museum complex
Built above an underground museum complex, the Haupt Garden is actually a rooftop garden. As such, the limited soil depth and the protection provided by the surrounding museums create a climate milder than is typical of the region.Map (db m184554) HM
99District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Eastern Redcedar • Muráhk (mah-dok)
Eastern redcedar is connected to the spiritual traditions of many Native communities, including the Kiowa and Lenape (Delaware). The tree's unique red, aromatic heartwood is valued for ceremonial and medicinal uses. Native peoples burn the . . . Map (db m184310) HM
100District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — For Gordon Bunshaft, 2006, fabricated 2007-2008Dan Graham, American, b. Urbana, Illinois, 1942 — Two-way mirror, stainless steel, wood and stone —
Since the 1970s, Dan Graham has explored notions of space and perception, creating installations and sculptures that critique modernist suburban architecture and encourage audience participation. For Gordon Bunshaft, a site-specific . . . Map (db m184559) HM

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