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Idealized View of Washington 1849

Washington DC

"My first impression of the political capital of the great American Republic was rather dismal. Washington looked at that period like a big, sprawling village consisting of scattered groups of house which were overtopped by a few public buildings-the Capitol, only what is now the central part was occupied; the Treasury, the two wings of which were still lacking; the White House; and the Patent Office.

Carl Schurz 1906 about Washington around 1849



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