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Independence Hall

For those of you carrying around $100 bills (and really, who isn't these days?) you'll recognize this building from the back of the bill. It was built between 1732 and 1753 and was originally intended as a meeting place for the Pennsylvania colonial legislature but is most well known as the location where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and signed.


While I was there (and while I look at this photo now), I marveled at the amazing history this building was part of. This building witnessed two of the most important events and documents in United States history.


The building on the right by the way is Congress Hall which was occupied by the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800 (compare the size of it to the Capital Building in Washington DC where Congress sits today).



In June 2010 Michelle and I traveled to Philadelphia (and surrounding areas) for a summer vacation and to visit her extended family. I'd been to Philadelphia twice before, once in eighth grade and once during college but I only remember bits and pieces of each previous trip. The trip during college was during the 2010 Republican National Convention (I wasn't there for the convention) and I remember the entire city resembling a police state with police everywhere due to all the protests.


Anyway, it was great to return to the city and see some of the surrounding areas I hadn't explored before. We visited during a heatwave (90 degree heat with intense humidity which apparently is a little unusual in June but typical in August) but it was well worth the trip.

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Taken on June 27, 2010