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An Imaginary Tour of Pennsylvania Avenue

Pennsylvania Avenue General John J. Pershing

Traffic is light today, on a Saturday. Crossing the streets is no problem. From Monday to Friday, though, Pennsylvania Avenue is a very busy street. At 14th Street, right at Freedom Plaza, over 72,800 vehicles crisscross the intersection each work day. Over 5,700 people cross on foot.

You again cross Pennsylvania Avenue to walk through Pershing Park. It is named after General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing, the American leader of World War I.

A statue of General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I, is the centerpiece of Pershing Park across from Freedom Plaza at 14th Street.
A statue of General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I, is the centerpiece of Pershing Park across from Freedom Plaza at 14th Street.

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Updated: 10/18/2013
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