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An Unfinished City:
In 1861, Washington was still being developed when war broke out and accelerated the process. Pennsylvania Avenue was the only street paved in cobblestones -- the rest were dirt. The Washington Monument, Capitol dome, Patent Office and Post Office were all incomplete, and the city's drainage and sanitation systems were notoriously deficient. The influx of new residents helped shaped the city into a true nation's capital.
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