West National Mall Monuments & Memorials Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map

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Tidal Basin

Major William Twining of the Army Corps of Engineers first envisioned the Tidal Basin in the late 19th century. Located in West Potomac Park, the water feature was initially named Twining Lake in the commissioner’s honor. The engineers constructed the basin using technology that it perfected during Mississippi River projects. The interracial firm of Alexander and Repass, a highly unusual business arrangement at the time, orchestrated the current configuration of the Tidal Basin shortly after the Second World War.

The basin removes silt from the Washington Channel and serves as a recreation area. During high tide, water from the Potomac River enters the Tidal Basin through inlet gates. The pressure of the water closes the outlet gates on the channel side of the basin. As the tide ebbs, the inlet gates close and the outlet gates open. The 250 million gallons of water within the reservoir then flow out through the channel washing away the sediment. The Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining the gates for the basin.

Numerous memorials are located along the shores of the Tidal Basin. These include tributes to Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Franklin Roosevelt, George Mason and John Paul Jones. The Tidal Basin also serves as the backdrop for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival because the popular ornamental trees are planted on the banks of the reservoir.




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