Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Washington Coliseum

It's hard to believe, but the run down building viewable from the railyards heading into Union Station in DC was the site of the first live concert by the Beatles in the United States. Used a trash transfer station until new regulations forbade its use for that grimy purpose, it apparently serves as a parking lot on the original ice rink. One time I glimpsed traces of the arena seating on the walls. And they don't even have a plaque.See it from the air here.

1 comment:

  1. My parents took me and my three brothers to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baily Circus at the Washington Coliseum back in the early 60's. It was always a memorable experience. One year we sat accross from another family who had two children about my age. It was President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, with their children Caroline and John John enjoying the circus like the hundreds of other Washingtonians. The building should be preserved as a historic site.


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