As a fairly large island (88 acres), in the Potomac River, it is a fitting site for a conservationist president. In 1931 the island was bought for the memorial project, and the following year Congress approved it. But Congress didn't fund it until 1960 and it was dedicated in 1967. By contrast, the whole of the Mt. Rushmore sculpture, a huge undertaking, started in 1927 and was finished in 1941.
But possibly more famously, the island is known as a good spot to see birds. On today's walk I think I saw more giant zoom lenses than there were people at the actual Memorial with the statue and fountains and such. Again very fitting for a conservationist president.
So yes, I was mostly there to go for a walk and see some birds, but did visit the memorial and read some of Teddy's notable quotes etched in marble. And, while I tend to write this blog in the first person, my most beautiful wife and budding-photographer kid were with me. Very enjoyable family day out.
So, crossing the walking bridge to the island I took a rather standard shot looking up-river toward Georgetown University. Just a tourist snap, but I missed something.