Wall Street, City of New York

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Wall Street runs in an easterly direction from Broadway, directly opposite Trinity Church. You are here looking westward towards the church. To the right of you in the immediate foreground is the United States Sub-Treasury Building with the statue of Washington in the front. To the left, in the foreground, is the New York Stock Exchange. The street is the money center of the United States. You will recall that the Dutch settled on the extreme southern end of Manhattan Island. To protect themselves from the attacks of the Indians and the English, they built a wall across the island from east to west. Wall Street occupies about the same ground upon which this wall stood. The United States Sub-Treasury Building was erected as the Custom House for the Port of New York. It stands on the ground where once stood the City Hall and the Government Buildings of the English Colony of New York. That is, at this spot was the capital of the province. At the close of the Revolution, the United States Capital was New York, and the Capitol Building was the present Sub-Treasury Building. It was here that Washington took oath of office as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1778. Inside the building you may still see the brown-stone slab upon upon which he stood when Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, of New York, administered the oath. Trinity Church is the home of an Episcopal Congregation that was organized in 1697. It occupies land that was given the congregation by the Crown of England. The present building was erected in 1846. About the church is a burial ground, famous because it contains the remains of Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, and Captain Lawrence. Tell about Hamilton, Fulton, and Lawrence. Keystone ID: 1009 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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