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GWU River Horse Hippo in DC at Sterling and Burke.
George Washington University 3" Hippotomous Ornament
The River Horse is a bronze sculpture of a hippopotamus located on the George Washington University campus. It is in front of Lisner Auditorium at 21st and H Street.
The George Washington University President presented this bronze statue as a gift in 1996. The hippo stands with its mouth wide. Its nose is slightly worn due to passerby rubbing it. A plaque is placed on the base:
Legend has it that the Potomac was once home to these wondrous beasts. George & Martha Washington are even said to have watched them cavort in the river shallows from the porch of their beloved Mount Vernon on summer evenings. Credited with enhancing the fertility of the plantation, the Washingtons believed the hippopotamus brought them good luck & children on the estate often attempted to lure the creatures close enough to the shore to touch a nose for good luck. So, too, many generations of students of the George Washington University.
- Art for wisdom,
- Science for joy,
- Politics for beauty,
- And a Hippo for hope.
The George Washington University Class of 2000 | August 28, 1996
The hippopotamus is not native to North America. President Trachtenberg admitted he invented the story. He said that, for fun, he made up a story that George Washington watched hippos swim in the Potomac River.
Sterling and Burke
Georgetown, next to Four Seasons Hotel