Washington Nationals (Baseball); Washington Wizards (Basketball); Washington Redskins (Football); Washington Capitals (Hockey); D.C. United (Soccer); Washington Mystics (Women's Basketball). Note: The Washington Redskins football team's home stadium is in Landover, Maryland. (sports listing policy)
Origin of Name
The district is named after Christopher Columbus
Points of Interest
Numerous sites associated with the history of the United States, including the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials; the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum; the National Archives
Washington D.C. borders Virginia and Maryland.
Follow these links to read articles about Washington, D.C. from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
FirstGov For Kids http://www.kids.gov/
Explore, learn and have fun at this special site for kids developed by the Federal Citizen Information Center.
Other City Links
Things To Do in Washington, DC http://www.thingstodo.com/states/DC/index.htm
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Washington DC's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the city's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
Roadside America: District of Columbia Attractions http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/dc.html
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in the District of Columbia.
Washington, DC List of Sites http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/sitelist.htm
This site offers dozens of online links to national historic sites in the city, grouped into five areas: Georgetown/NW, Dupont Circle/Embassy Row, Downtown, the National Mall, and capital Hill/Anacostia.
FedStats: MapStat: United States: Washington D.C. http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/11000.html
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.'s official tree is the Scarlet oak.
The District of Columbia is is divided into four quadrants--Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast--and the U.S. Capitol Building marks the spot where all four meet.
Washington D.C. was the first carefully planned capital in the world.
The capital of the U.S. was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington on Dec. 1, 1800.
In 1978, a proposed constitutional amendment to give the District of Columbia voting representation in the U.S. Congress was passed by Congress; the proposal died in 1985, having failed to get the needed 28 states to approve it.
Some Famous People from this City
Billie Burke, comedienne and actress best known for playing Glenda the good witch in The Wizard of Oz.
Duke Ellington, jazz musician.
Goldie Hawn, television and movie actress whose credits include Laugh In and The First Wives Club.
J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the F.B.I.
John Philip Sousa, composer known for his compositions for marching bands.