By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 16, 2020) – In Issue 29 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature we learn about the birth of Washington D.C.

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The Birth of Washington DC

The US Congress approved the creation of a national capital 230 years ago on the banks of the Potomac River.  Washington DC became the 9th and thus far final capital location.  Philadelphia was the first and congress met in various cities after that.  The District of Columbia Act of 1801 organized the land under federal control, and the rest is history.  By the way, Columbia is the feminine variant of the name of explorer Columbus, the guy from Genoa who ‘discovered’ America. 

One of the interesting points about this map of D.C. is the wide Potomac River itself.  The Army Corps of Engineers worked on the Potomac shoreline in the late 1800s to shape the Tidal Basin and also to reclaim land. Some of the reclaimed land later became the site of the Lincoln Memorial. It is under water in this map illustration. .  . This map of Washington is from 1878 and was created by Mitchell. 

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Map of Washington DC – 1878 created by Mitchell (Credit Steve Kovacs)