Blogging From A to Z Challenge – C

 

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To rule is easy, to govern difficult. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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“C” is for Capitol, as in the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

It is located at 100 Constitution Ave. NW and is the meeting place of the Congress, which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Capitol has 540 rooms and 658 windows. 

The Dome is 8,909,200 pounds of cast-iron with 108 windows, and was constructed between 1855 and 1866. The statue at the top of dome is the Statue of Freedom.

 The Rotunda stands 180 feet, 3 inches tall and is 96 feet in diameter. Paintings and sculptures depicting significant people and events in U.S. history are on display. This room is also where presidents and distinguished citizens lie in state.

Some Facts You Might Not Know About the Capitol

  • The Capitol was built after Thomas Jefferson held a design competition to elicit entries from the finest American architects
  • The capitol has its own subway system
  • George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol on September 18, 1793
  • There were plans for the first president to be buried under the Capitol in an area called the Crypt
  • There used to be a law that restricted any other building in D.C. from being built taller than the Capitol
  • The statue that sits on the dome is called the Statue of Freedom
  • The Capitol almost burned to the ground during the War of 1812
  • The Dome wasn’t added to the building until the 1850s

 

 

 

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – B

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“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants…” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt


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“B” is for baggage, as in the kind we use to travel.

Pictured above are photos of the suitcases, trunks and containers that the immigrants brought on their ocean voyages to America. Entering the country through Ellis Island in New York Harbor, some 12 million people passed through this historic building between 1892 and 1954.

If you enjoy history and traveling, put Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on your destinations wish list. It’s truly amazing to see the displays, like the Ellis Island Baggage Room, and Miss Liberty. They’re a powerful reminder that seeking a new & better life is often a tough journey, but well worth the trip.  

NOTE: If you want to tour Lady Liberty, you must schedule a reservation in advance of your trip. Plan your visit  or simply learn more by clicking the link.