John Ericsson Memorial

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September 30th, 2007

John Ericsson Memorial Washington, DC


On a fine spring Saturday, May 29, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge and Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden dedicated the memorial in the presence of about 5,000 persons.

During his lifetime, John Ericsson revolutionized several facets of technology. The Swedish-born engineer-inventor is best known for his work during the Civil War when he transformed naval warfare through his design of the iron-plated USS Monitor. The movements of Ericssonís pencil across his drafting board were as crucial to victory as the movements of Lincolnís armies across battlefields.

The memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial just near the West Potomac Park, near the actual river.  It's opposite the Korean War Memorial.

The memorial is free and open to the public 365 days a year.


Left to Right: 1) Full view of the small island (traffic goes around it in a triangle) 2) Closer view 3) Even Closer view 4) Closest View 


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