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Houseboats on the Waterfront

 
 
Houseboats on the Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 30, 2017
1. Houseboats on the Waterfront Marker
Inscription.  Preparations for World War II ended plans of filling the Southwest yacht basins with pleasure crafts. Instead, a severe housing shortage during the war turned the waterfront into a home for houseboats, providing an obvious alternative for the many government workers who toiled in offices near the National Mall. Houseboats continue to be a permanent fixture at Gangplank Marina, a live-aboard residential community established in 1977.
 
Location. 38° 52.768′ N, 77° 1.55′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on District Square Southwest west of Wharf Street Southwest, on the left when traveling west. This marker is on the District Pier at DC Wharf in Southwest Washington. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 890 Water Street Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Urban Renewal (a few steps from this marker); America's Oldest Operating Fish Market (a few steps from this marker); Long Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Creating the Waterfront
Houseboats on the Waterfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 30, 2017
2. Houseboats on the Waterfront Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Navigating the Potomac River (within shouting distance of this marker); African-American History in Southwest (within shouting distance of this marker); "a magnificent waterfront entranceway..." (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterfront Industry and Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Houseboat on the Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 30, 2017
3. Houseboat on the Waterfront
Close-up of photo on marker
Houseboat on the Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 30, 2017
4. Houseboat on the Waterfront
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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