Monumental DC – A series where I’ll be documenting the many memorials in DC that we pass by frequently, but rarely seem to stop and pay notice to. Follow on twitter with #monumentalDC
When: Tuesday December 13, 2011
Today, when we publicly celebrate the 57th inauguration of the President of the United States, I felt that it was time to bring back the #monumental series and see what places I could explore in DC over the next year – honoring famous generals, inventors, peace makers and presidents alike.
Fitting in nicely with the presidential theme, I rode past the equestrian statue of President George Washington recently and stopped to snap a quick picture.
Did you know this is one of two statues of Washington on his horse in the District. I’ll be seeking out the second soon!
This bronze statue is of Washington dresses as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army at the Battle of Princeton in the Revolutionary War. Washington’s horse, which appears rearing back, was sculpted so because Washington was reportedly so close to the front lines that the horse was afraid to advance any further. The bronze statue was made for $50,000, and dedicated on Febraury 20th, 1860. The transportation and installation of the statue, and the dedication ceremony cost an additional $10,000.