Talk:Arlington Memorial Bridge

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Name of Peter Charles L'Enfant[edit]

L'Enfant identified himself as "Peter Charles L'Enfant" during most of his life, while residing in the United States. (See: Bowling, Kenneth R (2002). Peter Charles L'Enfant: vision, honor, and male friendship in the early American Republic. George Washington University, Washington, D.C.) He wrote this name on his "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t(he) United States ...." (Washington, D.C.) and on other legal documents. However, during the early 1900's, a French ambassador to the U.S., Jean Jules Jusserand, popularized the use of L'Enfant's birth name, "Pierre Charles L'Enfant". (See: Bowling (2002).) The National Park Service identifies L'Enfant as Major Peter Charles L'Enfant and as Major Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant on its website. The United States Code states in 40 U.S.C. 3309: "(a) In General.—The purposes of this chapter shall be carried out in the District of Columbia as nearly as may be practicable in harmony with the plan of Peter Charles L'Enfant." The November page of the 2010 edition of the United States Capitol Historical Society's calendar identifies L'Enfant's grave in Arlington National Cemetery as being that of "Peter L'Enfant". For those reasons, Wikipedia articles should identify L'Enfant as Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant, rather than as Pierre Charles L'Enfant or Pierre L'Enfant. Corker1 (talk) 20:50, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Why in category Bascule bridges?[edit]

Why is this in the category Bascule bridges? GloverEpp (talk) 13:36, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Because it has a draw span, though unused. See the last paragraph. I've re-added the category, since the mechanism still exists. Acroterion (talk) 18:38, 30 September 2012 (UTC)