Theodore Roosevelt Island
Rossevelt Island is a national memorial located in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. and was
the gift to the American people of the Theodore Roosevelt Association in memory
of the 26th US President, Theodore Roosevelt. The site features a statue of
Roosevelt in a memorial plaza
The surrounding landscape of the island is maintained as a natural park.
The island lies just north of Columbia Island and can be accessed by a bridge
leading to a paved trail and bike path that connects Columbia Island to the
banks of the Potomac facing D.C. from Virginia. On the eastern shore at about
the halfway point of the island, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts can be seen through the trees.
Congress authorized the memorial on May 21, 1932. Congress appropriated funds for
the memorial in 1960 which was dedicated October 27, 1967. The memorial, designed
by Eric Gugler, includes a 17 foot statue by sculptor Paul Manship. Also
included are four large stone monoliths with some of Roosevelt's more famous
quotations and two large fountains.
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