Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hot Time In The City ~ 1926

The idea for a Christopher Columbus statute in Washington, D.C. came from the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest fraternal organization, dedicated to Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism. After years of fundraising by the Knights, it was built in front of the Union Railroad Station, of Georgia marble, and dedicated in 1912. The Columbus statue faces the U.S. Capitol and stands 15 feet tall. The fountain below is 66 feet across and the overall height of the monument, including the statue is 44 feet. It has a large medallion to honor King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and symbolizes the New and Old Worlds joined by Columbus.

The photograph was taken in the summer of 1926 and shows city boys having fun swimming in the fountain.

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