Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sightseeing in Washington, D.C. - America on the Move Exhibition

After lunch at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Doug and I spent the afternoon in the museum's transportation hall.  Its nearly 26,000 square feet is dedicated to the America on the Move exhibition, displaying -

an 1840's Conestoga wagon

the John Bull locomotive, imported from England in 1831 for use on the first rail link between New York and Philadelphia

a 1900's Hansom cab where the driver sat behind passengers

the 303 (built in 1898 and retired from service in 1913), one of 16 4-wheel electric streetcars built for the Capital Traction Co. for use in Washington, D.C.

the Jupiter steam locomotive, used in Santa Clara, California for agriculture transport and later sold to Guatemala, where it hauled bananas for more than 60 years

the 1401, a Southern Railway steam locomotive built in 1926

a display tracing the famed U.S. Route 66, also referred to as the Mother Road.  The 2,448-mile highway ran between Chicago and Santa Monica, California.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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