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- MALL_090130_51.JPG: The flags at the base of the Washington Monument at dusk
- MALL_090905_27.JPG: The Reflecting Pool:
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool serves as the visual link between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
Inspired by the design of pools at Versailles and the Taj Mahal, it harmoniously blends art and nature. The Pool reflects more than the sky and landscape. It mirrors the moods of America, from national celebrations to dramatic demonstrations.
- MALL_090906_10.JPG: Dust storms on the Mall
- Wikipedia Description: National Mall
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The National Mall is an open-area national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It is the site of gardens and other greenery along with many Smithsonian museums, national monuments and memorials. The National Mall refers specifically to the land stretching from the grounds of the Washington Monument to the United States Capitol directly to the east. However, the term commonly includes the areas that are officially part of West Potomac Park and Constitution Gardens to the west, and often is taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center.
From the Capitol steps to the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall runs 1.9 miles (3.0 km).
From the steps to the Washington Monument, the Mall spans 1.1 miles (1.8 km).
From Grant Statue to Lincoln Memorial, the Mall covers 309.2 acres (125.1 ha).
1. Washington Monument
2. National Museum of American History
3. National Museum of Natural History
4. National Gallery of Art sculpture garden
5. West Building of the National Gallery of Art
6. East Building of the National Gallery of Art
7. United States Capitol
8. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
9. United States Botanic Garden
10. National Museum of the American Indian
11. National Air and Space Museum
12. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
13. Arts and Industries Building
14. Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle")
15. Freer Gallery of Art
16. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
17. National Museum of African Art
18. The National Sylvan Theater
19. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, scheduled for completion in 2008, will be located on a 4-acre (1.6 ha) site that borders the Tidal Basin and within the sightline of the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.
As popularly understood, the National Mall also includes the following west of the Washington Monument:
1. The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool,
2. The National World War II Memorial,
3. The Korean War Veterans Memorial, and
4. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The idea for the National Mall was originally conceived by Pierre Charles L'Enfant in his plans for the city of Washington, D.C., created in 1791. However, his ideas were not realized until the beginning of the 20th century, with the McMillan Commission plan, which was also inspired by the City Beautiful Movement. Among other things, the McMillan plan called for moving the main railroad station from a site on the National Mall to its present location at Union Station.
The United States Congress passed the Reserve Act of 2003 to forbid further construction in the core of the National Mall.
Protests and rallies:
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the MallThe Mall's status as a wide, open expanse at the heart of the capital makes it an attractive site for protests and rallies of all types. One notable example is the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a massive rally for African-American civil rights, at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The largest officially recorded rally was the Vietnam War Moratorium Rally on October 15, 1969. Although larger rallies may have occurred since that time, the United States Park Police no longer release official estimates of crowd sizes on the Mall. One later rally that is claimed to have been the largest rally on the Mall was the 2004 March for Women's Lives. On January 27, 2007, tens of thousands opposed to the Iraq War protesters converged here, drawing comparisons by participants to the Vietnam War protest.
Annually on July 4th, the Capitol Fourth celebration takes place at the U.S. Capitol end of the mall, with a fireworks display.
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