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Washington DC

Although New York City and Philadelphia each served briefly as the capital of the United States, in 1790, Congress chose the District of Columbia as the permanent seat of government. George Washington helped select the site for the city. Situated on the Potomac River, Washington, D.C., was originally carved out of land transferred from Maryland and Virginia (Virginia's portion south of the river was returned to that state in 1846).

French-born American engineer, architect, and urban designer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant designed the city's basic plan, which features wide avenues radiating from the Capitol building through a grid of streets with numerous circles and parks. Congress first met in Washington in 1800, although construction of the first phase of the Capitol was not completed until 1826. Today, millions come to Washington, D.C. each year to see the Capitol, the White House, the Library of Congress, and the city's many museums and monuments. The flower is the American beauty rose.

Beer Wagon, Washington, D.C.

Beer Wagon, Washington, D.C.

Crowd blocking Suffrage Parade, 1913.

Crowd blocking Suffrage Parade, 1913.

Georgetown, Washington D.C. at Night

Georgetown, Washington  D.C. at Night

Guns at Arsenal

Guns at Arsenal

Indian Treaty Room, Old Executive Office Building

Indian Treaty Room, Old Executive Office Building

Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building

Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building

Lincoln Conspirators Execution

Lincoln Conspirators Execution

Nathanael Greene Statue

Nathanael Greene Statue

Old Streetcar Barn in Georgetown

Old Streetcar Barn in Georgetown

Rowhouses

Rowhouses

Smithsonian Institution - Castle

Smithsonian Institution - Castle

The Union, 1852

The Union, 1852

Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congress in 1866

U.S. Congress in 1866

Union Station in Washington D.C.

Union Station in Washington D.C.

Union Station, Washington DC , 1910

Union Station, Washington DC , 1910

Union Station, Washington, D.C.CarolHighsmith

Union Station, Washington, D.C.CarolHighsmith

United States Capitol, 1902

United States Capitol, 1902

United States Commerce building, Washington D.C.

United States Commerce building, Washington D.C.

United States Senate, 1850 RobertWhitechurch

United States Senate, 1850 RobertWhitechurch