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Lincoln Walking Tour

21 May

After our Memorial Walking Tour

we jumped into a taxi,

(Yes, we skipped the walking and paid for a taxi.

Best money we spent all day!)

and headed to the meeting spot for our next walking tour.

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Lucky for Hubby and Ethan,

it was right across the road from the White House,

the thing they were most upset about missing

on the day Ethan was sick.

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With time up our sleeve,

(thanks to that cab ride),

we wandered over to check it out

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and takes some more photos.

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We actually had a lot of time to kill,

which was lovely

as our feet were in a pitiful state.

While we waited we saw our first black squirrels.

We also enjoyed watching and listening to this little squirrel fellow

(you have to listen carefully, he was competing with buskers.

See how his tail jolts to the beat).

The tour we were waiting for was the Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour.

It was excellent.

We walked around the city,

stopping in key locations,

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as our guide retold the story of the night that Lincoln was assassinated.

This was the home of Major Henry Rathbone,

who was one of Lincoln’s guests that infamous night.

He witnessed the murder and later went mad.

He killed his own wife, tried to kill his children and was sent to an asylum.

Oh yes, the night was full of unpleasant, eery stories.

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Our guide did an excellent job of retelling the stories

and setting the mood.

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I particularly enjoyed the night time scenes

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as we wandered the streets of Washington.

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Check out this gorgeous building.

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It’s the Old Post Office.

It looks nothing like our dingy old Australian Post buildings.

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Of course, the final destination on our walking tour was Ford’s Theatre.

Nope, not the modern looking place that says, “Ford’s Theatre”.

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The no-named building to the right is Ford’s Theatre.

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This is where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

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The injured Lincoln was taken from the theatre

to the Peterson Boarding House

across the road.

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Here he later died

…ending our tour.

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Did you know that there were actually other assassins

targeting other key people for assassination that same night?

It’s a fascinating story.

The walking tour was a great way to spend our last evening in Washington.

 

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