Monday, January 14, 2008

Statue of Garfield, Wilmington, DE

 
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I've driven past this statue many times, but never knew who it represented. Since I've been taking pictures of stuff around Wilmington, particularly monuments, I parked the car and took a look. The statue is labeled "Garfield," and I assume it is James Garfield, president of the United States, and not Garfield the cat.

Why Garfield? Why Wilmington? I don't know.

6 comments:

dick stanley said...

Why the fence? Are they afraid someone will steal the statue?

miriam said...

I wondered about the fence too. It's not the greatest neighborhood in the city.

miriam said...

Maybe someone is buried there?

Ran Barton said...

The 2000 book "Wilmington in Vintage Postcards" by Marjorie McNinch has, on page 123, a Hagley-sourced image showing the statue in Wilmington at Eleventh and Washington, until P. S. du Pont widened Pennsylvania Avenue in 1916, when it was moved to its current location. (Source. As to why it was situated in either place, I do not know.

Unknown said...

I'm from the first generation of asshole on that block and im not proud but I no why it was put there...because of how the triangle it sits on is shaped.Concord ave. an 23st comes to an angle at monroe st which is called a"right side triangle".he came up with the proof that four of those triangles made a square...

Unknown said...

I'm from the first generation of asshole on that block and im not proud but I no why it was put there...because of how the triangle it sits on is shaped.Concord ave. an 23st comes to an angle at monroe st which is called a"right side triangle".he came up with the proof that four of those triangles made a square...