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 —
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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Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 55.381′ N, 77° 2.182′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Touch for map. Marker is at the north west entrance to Meridian Hill Park along 16th Street just south of Euclid Street. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
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); Visionary and Park Champion (about 400 feet away); Creating the "City Beautiful" (about 400 feet away); Design Challenges (about 400 feet away); Park Designers (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.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Man-Made Features • War of 1812 •
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