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GW's River Horse

 

[Lisner Auditorium]

 
GW's River Horse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2011
1. GW's River Horse Marker
Inscription.
Legend has it that the Potomac was once home to these wondrous beasts.
George and Martha Washington are even said to have watched them cavort in
the river shallows from the porch of their beloved Mount Vernon on summer evenings.
Credited with enhancing the fertility of the plantation, the Washingtons believed
the hippopotamus brought them good luck and children on the estate often attempted
to lure the creatures close enough to the shore to touch a nose for good luck.

So, too, may generations of students of The George Washington University.
Art for wisdom,
Science for joy,
Politics for beauty,
And a Hippo for hope.

A Gift to the George Washington University Class of 2000
August 28, 1996
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The George Washington University, Washington, DC

John D. Zeghs – Chair, Board of Trustees
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg – President
Damian A. McKenna – President, Student Association
John G. Boswell – Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee

 
Erected 1996 by GWU Class of 2000.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
 
Location.
GW's River Horse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2011
2. GW's River Horse Marker
38° 53.969′ N, 77° 2.807′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 21st Street, NW and H Street, NW on 21st Street, NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 730 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ingrid Bergman (here, next to this marker); George Gamow (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Teller (within shouting distance of this marker); Announcement of the Atomic Age (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pembroke College, Oxford, Coat of Arms (about 300 feet away); Marquis de Lafayette Hall (about 400 feet away); Aleksandr Pushkin (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
 
Also see . . .  Lisner Auditorium. (Submitted on September 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. sculpture; Potomac River; Lisner Auditorium
 
Categories. AnimalsColonial EraPaleontology
 
GW's River Horse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2011
3. GW's River Horse Marker
GW's River Horse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 4, 2011
4. GW's River Horse Marker
 
 
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