Welcome to The Capital of the United States trivia! This week I wanted to finish our state trivia from last year, highlighting our Nation’s State Capital. So thank you for coming along.
This year we will be traveling to many places all over the world and you won’t need a passport, I’ll be your travel guide. I’m excited to share some beautiful parts of the world and some little bits of trivia. So stick with me for a peek into places you may want to travel to or at least you can experience them here at Memories by the Mile every Monday.
So here we go…
Washington, D.C. which was formally known as the District of Columbia is the Capital of the United States.
1. On July 9, 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which approved the creation of a national capital on the Potomac River. The exact location was to be selected by President George Washington, who signed the bill into law on July 16. Formed from land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia, the initial shape of the federal district was a square measuring 10 miles on each side, totaling 100 square miles.
2. All three branches of the federal government are in the District, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court.
3. The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
4. The National Mall is a large, open park in downtown Washington between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capital.
5. The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
6. The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall. It was built to commemorate George Washington, the first American president. Construction of the monument began in 1848, was halted from 1854 to 1877, and finally completed in 1884.
The monument is made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss. It is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 ft. 5 1⁄8 inches tall. Taller monumental columns exist, but they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.
7. The Smithsonian Institution is an educational foundation chartered by Congress in 1846 that maintains most of the nation’s official museums and galleries in Washington, D.C. The U.S. government partially funds the Smithsonian, thus making its collections open to the public free of charge.
8. The National Archives houses thousands of documents important to American history including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Located in three buildings on Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress is the largest library complex in the world with a collection of over 147 million books, manuscripts, and other materials.
9. Also on the mall are the National World War II Memorial at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
10. Directly south of the mall, the Tidal Basin features rows of Japanese cherry blossom trees that originated as gifts from Japan.
Thank you for joining me in this new traveling trivia adventure. I have lots of fun and beautiful place to share and the only passport you will need is to follow ME Hope you have enjoyed our State Capital trivia, if you have please share it or leave me a comment. I love to hear from you.
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