How Washington, D.C., Became the Power Seat

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Byline: J. Hope Babowice

You wanted to know

Noe Alcantar of Mundelein wanted to know:

Why is Washington D.C. called D.C.?

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For more information

To learn more about Washington, D.C., the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire suggests the following.

- "City! Washington, D.C." by Shirley Climo

- "A Capital for the Nation" by Stan Hoig

- "Our National Capital" by Richard Steins

- "The Inside-Outside Book of Washington, D.C." by Roxie Munro

- "Welcome to the U.S.A.: Washington, D.C." by Ann Heinrichs

- "U.S. Presidential Inaugurations" by Andrew Santella

"Why is Washington, D.C. called D.C.?" asked Noe Alcantar, 9, a third-grader at Diamond Lake School in Mundelein.

Washington, D.C., is a 10-square-mile piece of property next to the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia. It's where the nation's most important decisions are made in the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Washington, D.C., wasn't always the seat of power for the United States. When our country was comprised of colonies, New York and Philadelphia were the places where leaders met to draft important documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. …