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— National Register of Historic Places
Foggy Bottom in Washington DC
Yes, there really is a
Foggy Bottom in Washington DC!
The historic area is located to
the north of the National Mall, west of Downtown Washington DC,
southeast of Georgetown, along the shore
of the Potomac River.
of Washington DC's oldest 19th century neighborhoods, this historic
district is preserved and listed on the National Register of
Today, the Foggy Bottom residential area is also home to historic
and cultural sites, such as:
- U.S. Department of State headquarters
- Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- George Washington University
- St. Mary's Episcopal Church
("the little jewel" of Foggy Bottom)
- National Academy of Sciences
- Albert Einstein Memorial
- Watergate Complex
(yes, the infamous Watergate
from the Nixon Presidency)
If you have time during your next visit to Washington DC, take
a self-guided walking tour of the interesting historic "Foggy Bottom"
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How Did "Foggy Bottom"
Get Its Name?
The low-lying area, near
the Potomac River, was once home to a community of Irish and German
immigrants and African-Americans who were employed at nearby industrial
plants (breweries, glass plants and gas works).
The area was given the name "Foggy Bottom" because
of its low proximity to the river and the fact that it was often
filled with the combination of misty fog over its marshy banks
and smog from the local industrial plants.
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