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Tacoma, Washington: Shell from the USS Maine

Artillery shell from the Battleship Maine is an incongruous element in and otherwise serene Asian garden.

5801 Trolley Ln., Tacoma, WA
Trolley Lane, behind the Pagoda in Point Defiance Park.
Sunrise to sunset. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Shell from the Maine.

Remember the Meh?

Not quite sure why this little war monument made such a strong impression. Maybe it's the placement in the darkest corner of an otherwise lovely Asian garden, where no sunlight would reach it. Maybe it's the laconic brass plate, identifying it only as a ten-inch shell from the U.S.S. Maine. As if we'd remember without prompting the ship that mysteriously exploded in Havana's harbor and which touched off that tawdry little episode in US history, the Spanish-American war.

Remember the Maine? Nah, I'm good.

[Peg Boettcher, 04/10/2011]

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