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Washington, D.C. encompasses 68.3 square miles. Washington, D.C., was founded on July 16, 1790. The authority to establish a federal capital was provided in Article One of the U.S. Constitution, which permits a "District (not exceeding ten miles square) as…the seat of the government of the United States". George Washington chose the exact site for the city, and it was named in his honor on September 9, 1791.
- DC's original territory was taken from Maryland and Virginia in order to appease both Northerners and Southerners by basing the capital in both a Northern and Southern states' territory.
- The original name of Washington, D.C. was "Federal City."
- The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere is found in the Metro Station of the DC suburb of Wheaton and is a 500 foot-long ride, more than twice the length of an average city block.
- The corridors of the Pentagon are nearly 18 miles long. With 6.6 million square feet of space, the Pentagon is one of the world's largest buildings, larger than even the Empire State Building.
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Some suggested scenic walks.
Preview upcoming events, historic sites and museums. Find transportation information along with state maps at the Washington, D.C. Tourism site.
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