Boundary stones are the oldest monuments ever bought by the United States authorities, some relationship again to 1791.

The broken steel fence on South Capitol Street in southeast used to deal with one in all D.C. ‘s 40 Boundary Stones, the markers used define the unique 100-square-mile boundary of D.C. That is, earlier than it was hit by a automotive. (Grace Newton / WTOP)

You won’t even discover the small mangled sq. steel fence positioned on the intersection of South Capitol Street and Southern Avenue Southeast on the border of D.C. and Maryland.

But Chairman of the Nation’s Capital Boundary Stones Committee Stephen Powers stated it’s truly a fairly large deal.

“Boundary stones are the oldest monuments ever bought by the United States authorities,” Powers stated. “They have been put in place in 1791 in 1792 on account of the Residence Act, which allowed George Washington the power to place a ten mile sq. someplace alongside the Potomac River.”

And that broken steel fence on South Capitol Street used to deal with one in all D.C.’s 40 Boundary Stones, the markers used define the unique 100-square-mile boundary of D.C. That is, earlier than it was hit by a automotive.

On April 20, Powers obtained a name from a buddy telling him the stone, also called Boundary Stone Southeast #7, had been hit by a automotive.

Powers stated again in 2013, the Daughters of the American Revolution had a cinder block knee wall constructed across the stone and added a steel fence for defense.

When he arrived on the scene, Powers stated the stone was completely lined in rubble from the knee wall whereas the bumper of the automotive and license plate had additionally fallen off.

Taking his time to dig out the boundary stone, Powers stated he was stunned to search out the stone undamaged. More stunning was why.

“Fortunately, the fence and the knee wall and all of the trash that had been put in, you realize folks use that one as a trash receptacle throwing numerous that trash in,” Powers stated. “[That trash] served as a buffer and the bars and the cinder blocks there, all of them sort of buffered … and the stone didn’t get broken in any respect.”

He contacted D.C.’s historic preservation workplace concerning the stone. Just just a few days later representatives from D.C.’s Department of Transportation got here to gather the monument and have had it since.

WTOP has reached out to DDOT for info on when the stone will likely be changed.

When requested what he thinks would have occurred if he by no means obtained that decision in April concerning the automotive crash, Powers says:

“I do assume [the Boundary Stone] would have sat there for a few weeks till anyone introduced it to the fitting folks’s consideration.”

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