Matt About Town: This obscure DC monument was supposed to be the original Washington Monument

This obscure DC monument was supposed to be the original Washington Monument

It’s the lesser-known original site of one of D.C.’s most famous monuments that you could walk right past and never notice.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax takes us to the National Mall to learn more about the Jefferson Pier.

Did you know the Jefferson Pier was not only supposed to be the original site of a famous D.C. monument, but also the center of D.C. — and the prime meridian of the entire country?

Come take a history lesson and explore this peculiar stump that National Mall goers say packs a big backstory — for such a compact stone!

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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