Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves
Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
It is perhaps no surprise that Commodore David Porter, hero of the War of 1812, chose Meridian Hill on which to build his estate. From this knoll, Porter had a direct line of sight to the President's mansion. Though no match for the grand buildings it looked down upon, Porter's manor house was a handsome brick and stucco structure with a large front portico.
Years later, while in use as an Army hospital, Porter's mansion burned to the ground. It was never rebuilt.
The grand vistas of Meridian Hill would later attract another colorful character. Joaquin Miller, lawyer, poet, and by some accounts horse thief, built a cabin on this site. The "finest view in Washington" did not satisfy Miller for long, however. He wandered frequently, taking his poetry to Europe, Alaska, and California before settling in Oregon. In a seeming reflection of this restless tenant, the cabin was moved to a new location in 1912. Today it rests on a serene bank of Rock Creek, a setting that would surely have appealed to Miller's poetic nature.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Science & Medicine • War of 1812.
Location. 38° 55.381′ N, 77° 2.182′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street Northwest and Euclid Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 16th Street Northwest. Marker is at the north west entrance to Meridian Hill Park along 16th Street just south of Euclid Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life on the Park (a few steps from this marker); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania (about 300 feet away); Lithuania's March to Freedom (about 300 feet away); Park Tower (about 300 feet away); Visionary and Park Champion (about 400 feet away); Creating the "City Beautiful" (about 400 feet away); Design Challenges (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Also see . . . www.nps.gov/mehi. This URL appears on the marker. (Submitted on March 13, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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