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Wall Street

Wall Street
The statue behind me here is created in 1882 by John Ward. He's also the person who's responsible for the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange here. In the statue, of course he shows George Washington being inaugurated as the first president of the United States, that happened here on this very spot back in 1789 what was then Federal Hall. Washington wrote in his diary that he would try to serve his country to the best of his ability, but doubted whether he could fulfill his country's expectations. Well, he need not have worried because today he's regarded as one of the best presidents the states ever had, and is responsible for creating many of the traditions, principles, and institutions that still serve the country well today. On the facade of this building in Wall Street you can find these curious pock marks here. They have quite a story behind them going all the way back to the 16th of September 1920. There was a horse drawn wagon being pulled up Wall Street here. But little did people know it was packed with iron weights, and in the center a huge dynamite bomb. Well the whole thing exploded around lunch time. Killed 38 people and injured many more. It was such a massive explosion that the horses hoofs, they were flung all the way over to Trinity Church way behind us there on Broadway. While iron shrapnel also flew all over the place. And that's what created the pock marks here in the wall. Well still today nobody knows quite who did it. But the leading theory is the italian anarchists.
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