Washington, D.C.'s flag:


Washington, D.C. became the nation's capital on June 11, 1800

Located 90 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 233 miles south of New York City

Area:  68.25 square miles

Population (2000 census):  572, 059 (which is more than Wyoming but less than Vermont)

Highest point:  Tenleytown (410 feet above sea level)

Origin of name honors George Washington and Christopher Columbus

Motto:  Justitia Omnibus (latin for Justice for All)

Flower:  American Beauty Rose

Bird:  Wood Thrush

Tree:  Scarlet Oak

D.C. averages more than 39 inches of rainfall annually (more than Seattle)

The famous red phone depicted in movies is not in the Oval Office (actually in the Pentagon)

The Library of Congress is the biggest library in the U.S. and contains 535 miles of bookshelves (in the reading room alone, there are 45,000 reference books)

The Nationals Park is on track to be the first "green-certified" baseball stadium in the country

There are 170 embassies and international culture centers

15 percent of D.C. residents speak another language other than English at home

The Washington Monument is the tallest of all buildings - 555 1/8 feet

D.C. was voted most walkable city in a 2007 Brookings Institute study (YES, I LOVE THIS ASPECT!)

The Capitol Dome took 11 years to build (on top of the dome is the Statue of Freedom which is almost 20 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds)

Schools:  167 public, 60 Charter, 83 Private, 9 Colleges/Universities

Churches:  610 Protestant, 132 Catholic, 9 Jewish

Tourism generates more than $5.5 million from visitor spending

Major corporations:  Marriott International, AMTRAK, AOL Time Warner, Gannet News, Exxon Mobil


Special thanks to those who followed along in the last 15 weeks!  It was fun to reflect on my experiences.


On my last evening, we had one last hoorah with Mrs. Obama (cardboard version)...


To future TWC interns:

Soak it alllll in.



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