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Union Station: Defining Union Station

Brian Garcia

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A transfer station between Amtrak, MARC and Metro trains. A food court. A mini mall. For many tourists and locals alike, these are the first and only thoughts that come to mind when asked about Union Station. Yet,  Union Station is rich with cultural and historical significance.

Next time you visit the Main Hall, look up to appreciate the statues of Germanic soldiers. They  the main hall that represent the far reach of the Roman Empire and symbolize the growth of America across the continent.

The station opened in 1907 and the soldiers were controversial because originally they had a blank spot where their genitals belonged, so shields were added to cover them up.

 

 

 

 

 

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