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DUPCIR_970806_01.JPG: DuPont Circle
DuPont Circle was once an area where the city's wealthiest citizens built grand mansions. Now days, these have been converted to offices and embassies and lawyers and lobbyists abound.
Originally, there was a creek (Slash Run) going through this area and the marshy wasteland was known as "The Slashes". This changed during the brief (1871-1874) reign of Boss Shepherd who, while head of the Board of Public Works and Territorial Governor of Washington, owned some land up here and gave this area a top priority in his plans to fix up the city. Land barons, known as the California Syndicate, grabbed up the area for 60 cents a foot and made a killing in the newly created Pacific Circle area.
Pacific Circle was renamed DuPont circle in 1882 in honor of Admiral Samuel duPont. DuPont had been the Union leader who sailed into Port Royal South Carolina with 12,000 men under Thomas Sherman and seized the forts which served as a base for future actions in this area. Later, duPont was defeated in Charleston, following orders he did not believe in, and asked to be relieved of duty. He was the newphew of Eleuthere Irenee Du Pont, the founder of the chemical company.
A statue to the admiral was placed here in 1884. In the 1920's, The DuPont family transplanted the statue to a park in their hometown of Wilmington, Deleware. It was then replaced by a marble fountain by Daniel Chester French, who was also working on his statue of Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial.
By the 1960's, the area was blighted by vandalism but it started rebuilding itself in the 1970's and 1980's. These days, the area is still trendy and is known as a mecca for gays.
Wikipedia Description: Dupont Circle Fountain
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The Dupont Circle Fountain, formally known as the Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont Memorial Fountain, is a fountain located in the center of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. It honors Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont, a prominent American naval officer and member of the Du Pont family. The fountain replaced a statue of Du Pont that was installed in 1884. Designed by Henry Bacon and sculpted by Daniel Chester French, the fountain was dedicated in 1921. Prominent guests at the dedication ceremony included First Lady Florence Harding, Secretary of War John W. Weeks and Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby.
The fountain is one of eighteen Civil War monuments collectively listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The marble fountain, which is adorned with three allegorical sculptures, rests on a concrete base and is surrounded by an open plaza. The fountain and surrounding park are owned and maintained by the National Park Service, a federal agency of the Interior Department.
In 1871, the United States Army Corps of Engineers began constructing Dupont Circle, which at the time was called Pacific Circle since it was the western boundary of the city's residential areas. On February 25, 1882, Congress renamed the circle and authorized a memorial to Samuel Francis Du Pont (1803–1865) to honor his services during the Mexican–American War and Civil War. He played a large role in the modernization of the Navy, and during the Civil War he was responsible for making the Union blockade effective against the Confederacy, though his failed attempt to attack Charleston in 1863 tarnished his career record. The bronze statue was sculpted by Launt Thompson and dedicated on December 20, 1884, at a cost of $20,500. Attendees at the ceremony included President Chester A. Arthur, Senator Thomas F. Bayard, Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Philip Sheridan. The circle was ...More...
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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