A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves

A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (HM17B1)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.381', W 77° 2.182'

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— Meridian Hill Park National Historic Landmark —

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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HM NumberHM17B1
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323468 N 4310205
Decimal Degrees38.92301667, -77.03636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.381', W 77° 2.182'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 22.86" N, 77° 2' 10.92" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2463-2541 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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