National Mall and Memorial Parks
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —Where you are standing was originally the bottom of the Potomac River. The shoreline roughly paralleled 15th Street, skirted around the Washington Monument which stood almost at the river's edge, and then followed what is now the current route of Constitution Avenue. In the 1880s, planners developed a strategy for reclaiming this area, which at low tide was nothing but mud flats. Dredging operations and seawall construction created the Tidal Basin and East and West Potomac parks. In 1897, the United States Congress designated this new section of the city as parkland "for the recreation and scenic pleasure of the people."
|Placed By||National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 322982 N 4305556|
|Decimal Degrees||38.88105000, -77.04076667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 52.863', W 77° 2.446'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 52' 51.78" N, 77° 2' 26.76" W|
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