Tiber Island (District of Columbia)

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Tiber Island
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Andrew Ellicott's revision of L'Enfant's Plan showing Washington City Canal and Tiber Island (SW quadrant of the District of Columbia)
Location Potomac River, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′10″N77°01′30″W / 38.88611°N 77.02500°W / 38.88611; -77.02500 Coordinates: 38°53′10″N77°01′30″W / 38.88611°N 77.02500°W / 38.88611; -77.02500
Total islands1
United States
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No longer exists. Today it is the southwest Quadrant of Washington, DC

Tiber Island also known as The Island was a man-made island in Washington, D.C. formed when the Washington City Canal was dug to connect the stream beds of Tiber Creek and James Creek, creating an island out of an existing peninsula southwest of the Capitol. The canals have since been filled in, rejoining the island to the mainland. The Southwest Waterfront, Buzzard Point, National Mall, and L'Enfant Plaza areas were once on the island; at that time, their isolation from "the mainland" led to the area's colloquial nickname as "The Island." [1]

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city is also one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.

Washington City Canal river in the United States of America

The Washington City Canal operated from 1815 until the mid-1850s in Washington, D.C. The canal connected the Anacostia River, called the "Eastern Branch" at that time, to Tiber Creek, the Potomac River, and later the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O). The canal fell into disuse in the late 19th century and the city government covered over or filled in various sections in 1871.

Tiber Creek

Tiber Creek or Tyber Creek was originally called Goose Creek. It is a tributary of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.. It was a free-flowing creek until 1815 when it was channeled to become part of the Washington City Canal. Today, it is underground in tunnels around the city including under Constitution Avenue NW.

The Tiber Island Cooperative Homes [2] derive their name from the historic island.

Tiber Island Cooperative Homes housing complex in Washington, D.C.

Tiber Island Cooperative Homes is a housing complex in the Southwest portion of Washington DC. The 378 apartments in four nine-story towers and 21 townhouses were built in 1965 as part of a planned redevelopment of the area. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 and contains the Thomas Law House, which is also listed.

References and notes

  1. Bender, Kimberly. "Meet me down in Pipetown: DC's neighborhoods in 1877". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. "Ground Broken for Tiber Island". The Washington Post. May 18, 1963. p. C6.

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