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The Tidal Basin in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

River Bottom to Parkland

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National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
River Bottom to Parkland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 18, 2019
1. River Bottom to Parkland Marker
Inscription.  Where you are standing was originally the bottom of the Potomac River. The shoreline roughly paralleled 15th Street, skirted around the Washington Monument which stood almost at the river's edge, and then followed what is now the current route of Constitution Avenue. In the 1880s, planners developed a strategy for reclaiming this area, which at low tide was nothing but mud flats. Dredging operations and seawall construction created the Tidal Basin and East and West Potomac parks. In 1897, the United States Congress designated this new section of the city as parkland "for the recreation and scenic pleasure of the people."

[Captions:]
This Currier and Ives print shows the original Potomac shoreline. Note how close the Washington Monument is to the river.

This photograph, taken in 1892, shows the newly created Hains Point area. The edge of the Tidal Basin, seen in the lower right, was still under construction.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 52.863′ 
River Bottom to Parkland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 18, 2019
2. River Bottom to Parkland Marker
N, 77° 2.446′ W. Marker is in The Tidal Basin, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Ohio Drive Southwest west of East Basin Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1420 Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington DC 20418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gift of Friendship (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forgotten Founder (about 500 feet away); Defender of Liberty (was about 600 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Air Mail (about 800 feet away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cuban Friendship Urn (approx. mile away); Thomas Jefferson (approx. mile away); Canada's Gift to the United States (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Tidal Basin.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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