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Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Hiker

1898 - 1902

 
 
"The Hiker" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 26, 2008
1. "The Hiker" Marker
Inscription.  Cuba, Philippine Islands, Porto-Rico [sic], USA
[Seal of the Spanish War Veterans,]
 
Erected 1965 by United Spanish War Veterans and Affiliated Organizations.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryWar, Spanish-American. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
 
Location. 38° 53.044′ N, 77° 3.829′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Memorial Drive. Marker is on the east side of Memorial Drive between the Metrorail subway elevator and the Cemetery's visitor parking entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridge to Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); Avenue of Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Seabees ~ Can Do (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Infantry (Ivy) Division (within shouting
"The Hiker" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 26, 2008
2. "The Hiker"
One of approximately 50 reproductions of the 1906 sculpture by Theodora Alice Ruggles-Kitson.
distance of this marker); Richard Evelyn Byrd (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Symbol of Union (about 700 feet away); A Symbol of Reconciliation (about 700 feet away in District of Columbia); "Price of Freedom" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other instances of Kitson's The Hiker statues entered in the Historical Marker database.
 
Also see . . .
1. Theo. A. Ruggles-Kitson, sculptor. (Submitted on November 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. The Story Behind Iron Mike (University of Minnesota). "Veterans of the Spanish-American War called themselves hikers, in the same way that World War I vets were doughboys and World War II vets were G.I. Joes. In fact, this statue, which would subsequently be recast more than 50 times and wind up in town squares and cemeteries across the nation, was given the name The Hiker in almost all of these locales, including at Arlington National Cemetery, where the monument was dedicated under that name in 1965." (Submitted on November 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
"The Hiker" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 12, 2009
3. "The Hiker"
 
 
Additional keywords. Philippine Insurrection, Philippine-American War, Puerto Rico, China, Boxer Rebellion, Theo Alice Ruggles-Kitson.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,531 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on April 13, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on April 13, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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