Philadelphia

Independence Hall – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Description: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal…” – The park represents the founding ideals of the nation, and preserves national and international symbols of freedom and democracy, […]

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GW Statue Independence Hall – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The white marble original, installed on the north side of Independence Hall, was dedicated on July 2, 1869, by mayor Daniel M. Fox. It is now located in Conversation Hall, Philadelphia City Hall. A bronze replica replaced the original, and was dedicated in October 1910. Description: The statue of George Washington, by Joseph A. […]

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Liberty Bell Center – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Liberty Bell became famous after an 1847 short story claimed that an aged bellringer rang it on July 4, 1776, upon hearing of the Second Continental Congress’ vote for independence. Despite the fact that the bell did not ring for independence on that July 4, the tale was widely accepted as fact, even […]

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The University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

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#travelwithgdp Fact: Houston Hall started as the first student union in the nation and opened on January 2, 1896. As the first student union in the United States, Houston had some liberty to gather influence and set the tone for what would eventually become a common center at any modern university. In particular, Houston drew its […]

Texas

Texas State Capitol Building – Austin

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#travelwithgdp Fact: In 1882, Austin began construction of the Texas State Capitol because it thought the original capitol building, erected in 1853, too small. Description: The Texas State Capitol and grounds are located on a hilltop overlooking downtown Austin. Designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed from 1882 to 1888 under the […]

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Texas State Capitol – Austin

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#travelwithgdp Fact: The Goddess of Liberty statue, which was installed on top of the Capitol’s dome by helicopter, stands almost 16 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds. She carries a gigantic sword and a golden star, symbols of justice and Texas pride.