GW's River Horse

GW's River Horse (HMVMW)

Location: Washington, DC 20052
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.969', W 77° 2.807'

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— [Lisner Auditorium] —

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

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
Series This marker is part of the Strange But True series, and the Markers Attached to Sculpture series.
Year Placed1996
Placed ByGWU Class of 2000
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322506 N 4307613
Decimal Degrees38.89948333, -77.04678333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.969', W 77° 2.807'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 58.14" N, 77° 2' 48.42" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2100 H St NW, Washington DC 20052, US
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