Monday, July 23, 2007

Raleigh Wide Open

Saturday was the 2nd annual "Raleigh Wide Open Celebration", which is in honor of the renovation of downtown Raleigh, specifically Fayetteville Street. We decided to take this opportunity to check out downtown for the first time, as well as enjoy the festivities of the day.

Here is a picture of Fayetteville Street (the "main" street of downtown), which continues to be under construction.


The city is beautiful. We walked the streets enjoying the free samples as well as some of the local music. We also wandered off the streets and into a "History of Raleigh" museum. It was pretty interesting to read about the beginning of the city and the story of the city flag. Emily was actually somewhat interested too, which is a huge stride due to her dislike for history!

We then decided to walk around the capital building. The building itself was amazing, as well as the grounds, which has numerous statues and memorials. We have included a few of the pictures..


A Church across the street from the Capital.


I'm taking a good look at Worth Bagley, the only naval officer killed in battle during the Spanish American War.


Here is Emily standing in front of the statue of James Polk, Andrew Jackson, and Andrew Johnson. All of these Presidents were born in NC.

If you look closely at the picture you will notice some distinctions about each President:

Andrew Jackson is riding a horse because he is the only President that fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 (the horse symbolizing military power).

Andrew Johnson is holding the Constitution because he was the first President to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

And James Polk is holding a map in his lap because under his presidency the territories of the United States expanded to include Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.



Well, I think this is enough of a history lesson for this blog entry...more to come at a later date! Take care,
Jim

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