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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Theodore Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia
Location of Theodore Roosevelt Island
► Washington (1972) ► Montgomery County, Maryland (524) ► Prince George's County, Maryland (524) ► Alexandria, Virginia (297) ► Arlington County, Virginia (373) ► Fairfax County, Virginia (482)
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After the great ice-flood of 1784 continued siltation of the river threatened to close the Georgetown Port. In an attempt to deepen the Georgetown Harbor a causeway was constructed on this location in 1805. A road connected it with . . . — — Map (db m166592) HM|
In 1931 the Roosevelt Memorial Association purchased this island to create a living tribute to the former president. Congress designated funds for the project in 1960, and architectural designs were approved in 1961. President Lyndon B. Johnson . . . — — Map (db m127122) HM|
John Mason* had an elegant summer home on the small rise you see behind the sign. From about 1792 to 1830 it was a center of Washington and Georgetown society. A few bricks are all that remain of its former splendor. . . . — — Map (db m19989) HM|
"The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value."
—Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
As a young man, Theodore Roosevelt . . . — — Map (db m150053) HM|
A curious youth growing up in New York City, Theodore Roosevelt enjoyed observing nature. His early passion for birds led him outdoors to a lifelong pursuit of exploration, adventure, and scientific discovery. Later, as a young man living in the . . . — — Map (db m127157) HM|
Union troops occupied this island one month after the Civil War broke out in April 1861. Following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, African Americans that enlisted in the Union Army trained to fight here.
Once prepared for battle, . . . — — Map (db m150051) HM|
In contrast to the island today, this 1818 map by Robert King portrays the island as one continuous garden rich in native and cultivated plants, flowers, and fruits and divided by an avenue planted with trees. The estate was the summer . . . — — Map (db m19988) HM|
|Theodore Roosevelt: 1858-1919
[Quotations, Panel 1]:
There is delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its . . . — — Map (db m10738) HM|
"...the edges of the wilderness lie close behind the roads of present travel."
—Theodore Roosevelt, 1916
Plentiful fish, waterfowl, animals, and plants attracted American Indians to this island hundreds of years ago. . . . — — Map (db m150052) HM|