Trip Out East: The Lincoln Memorial

The steps leading up the Lincoln Memorial are bordered by wide inclined marble.  Did the architects purposefully design these slides knowing that every child who takes this pilgrimage, led by their dutiful parents, would get bored with the dignified words inscribed inside and need a distraction?  Or was it a great surprise when the memorial was unveiled and the first mischievous child sat on his butt and gleefully flew down the slick cool marble?

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