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Tango0111 Jun 2019 9:00 p.m. PST

..b.ut lost favor with historians

"The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is the Lost Monument of Washington. It might as well be invisible. No one knows it's there.   Its location is actually spectacular, right at the foot of Capitol Hill, at the opening to the Mall. The memorial features one of the largest equestrian statues in the world, set on a platform 250 feet wide, with ancillary sculptures that are heaving with action and drama. Grant is, appropriately, the calm man at the center of the storm. He stares fixedly down the Mall toward Lincoln in his memorial. His horse is so passive-looking it appears to be waiting for someone to insert a quarter.   Washington is full of statues to Civil War heroes whose achievements have been largely forgotten. Logan. Thomas. Sheridan. Scott. Farragut. McPherson. But at least these folks are surrounded by pedestrians and motorists.  Grant, huge as he is, is dwarfed by the Capitol and is flanked by lots with signs reading "Permit Parking Only." The oceanic Capitol Reflecting Pool was built in 1971 as if to block Grant from charging onto the Mall. The memorial is a hike from the museums, Union Station or any Metro stop. Tour buses stop nearby, but everyone walks toward the Capitol except groups that pose on the steps of the memorial because it offers an excellent spot to capture the Capitol as a backdrop. Grant is left out of the frame…"
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torokchar Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 11:44 p.m. PST

My favorite monument in Washington DC!!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 4:12 a.m. PST

If you want to talk about 'lost monuments' then the one for Theodore Roosevelt probably wins the prize. It's on an island in the Potomac River northwest of the Lincoln Memorial. Few people know it exists.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 8:33 a.m. PST

Scott – not only is the TR monument on an island, it is extremely difficult to get to. You have to be going in the right direction on a parkway in Virginia to get to it.

I like the Grant monument. It occupies some prime real estate on the National Mall.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 10:00 a.m. PST

And do you know where the U. S. Grant Presidential Library is located?

In Mississippi. Yes, in Mississippi at Mississippi State University. link

And Mississippi also had another presidential library, that of Confederate President Jefferson Davis at his home Beauvoir in Biloxi. link

Jim (from Mississippi, if you couldn't guess grin )

Tango0112 Jun 2019 11:57 a.m. PST

Thanks Jim.


Bill N12 Jun 2019 12:41 p.m. PST

Grant's memorial may be unknown to many DC residents and visitors. Unlike Thomas, Farragut, Logan or DuPont though, I suspect a majority would know who Grant was.

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