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Union Station: Railroading, Progress of statues (1908) in Washington, D.C.
by Louis Saint-Gaudens, Daniel H Burnham (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's Capitol Hill area (click link for more in that area)

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The three flagpoles represent the ships that carried the Columbus discovery party to the New World. Atop each pole an eagle perches on a small sphere (see image below).
The Progress of Railroading statues are visible in the background at roof level.

The Progress of Railroading statues are at roof level. The Columbus fountain is in the foreground.

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Prometheus (fire)

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Thales (Electricity)

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Themis (Freedom or Justice)

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Apollo (Imagination or Inspiration)

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Ceres (Agriculture)

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Archimedes (Mechanics)

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Thales (Electricity) & Themis (Freedom or Justice)
THE GREATEST DISCOVERIES
ENABLING MAN TO LIVE IN VARIOUS CLIMATES
USE MANY FOODS AND COMPEL THE
FORCES OF NATURE TO DO HIS WORK

ELECTRICITY - CARRIER OF LIGHT AND POWER
DEVOURER OF TIME AND SPACE BEARER
OF HUMAN SPEECH OVER LAND AND SEA
GREATEST SERVANT OF MAN ITSELF UNKNOWN

THOU HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET

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Themis (Freedom or Justice) & Apollo (Imagination or Inspiration)
SWEETENER OF HUT AND OF HALL
BRINGER OF LIFE OUT OF NAUGHT
FREEDOM O FAIREST OF ALL
THE DAUGHTERS OF TIME AND THOUGHT

MAN'S IMAGINATION HAS CONCEIVED ALL
NUMBERS AND LETTERS ALL TOOLS VESSELS
AND SHELTERS - EVERY ART AND TRADE ALL
PHILOSOPHY AND POETRY - AND ALL POLITIES

THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE

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Apollo (Imagination or Inspiration) & Ceres (Agriculture)
THE FARM - BEST HOME OF THE FAMILY - MAIN
SOURCE OF NATIONAL WEALTH - FOUNDATION OF
CIVILIZED SOCIETY - THE NATURAL PROVIDENCE

THE OLD MECHANIC ARTS CONTROLLING NEW
FORCES BUILD NEW HIGHWAYS FOR GOODS
AND MEN OVERRIDE THE OCEAN AND MAKE
THE VERY ETHER CARRY HUMAN THOUGHT

THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE AND BLOSSOM
AS THE ROSE

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LET ALL THE ENDS THOU AIMST AT BE
THEY COUNTRY'S - THY GODS - AND TRUTH'S
BE NOBLE NAD THE NOBLENESS THAT
LIES IN OTHER MEN - SLEEPING BUT
NEVER DEAD - WILL RISE IN MAJESTY
TO MEET THINE OWN

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WELCOME THE COMING
SPEED THE PARTING GUEST

VIRTUE ALONE IS SWEET SOCIETY
IT KEEPS THE KEY TO ALL
HEROIC HEARTS AND OPENS YOU
A WELCOME IN THEM ALL

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More Info
See
James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 15 Item #1.02; Capitol Hill area);
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p45 Item #A-2)

Medium: Granite
Artist: Louis Saint-Gaudens, Daniel H Burnham (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Allegory, Mythology; History, American
Location: Massachusetts & Delaware Aves NW Washington, D.C. Union Station
See Capitol Hill area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Union Station (Red) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 76007917 (dcMem ID #32 )

Links & other sources
Wikipedia article on Burnham
Wikipedia article on A. Saint-Gaudens
Wikipedia article on Prometheus
Wikipedia article on Thales
Wikipedia article on Themis
Wikipedia article on Apollo
Wikipedia article on Ceres
Wikipedia article on Archimedes

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