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Oddball Washington, D.C., monuments give quirky history lesson
Oddball Washington, D.C., monuments give quirky history lesson

Sure, the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are must stops for visitors touring the nation's capital. But what about Sonny Bono Park? Or the Maine Lobsterman Memorial? Or the Cuban Friendship Urn? They're all here, as are scores of bronzes, shrines, pillars, plaques and monoliths dedicated to the unexpected and the obscure. The father of homeopathy? He's got a monument. So does James Buchanan, regarded as among the nation's worst presidents. And don't miss the Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration. "I just came here because no one was sitting here," said Nikolai Paneck, an 18-year-old tourist. He was unaware that he was occupying a...

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