Sometime it's very good to just to take a deep breathe and look around and read these words carved all over Washington. Union Station is especially good to get the American spirit, that fin de siecle ethos of 100 years ago. Imagine the amazement of the telegraph or even radio when Pony Express seemed so quick to travel so far.
Aside the inscriptions are Apollo (Imagination or Inspiration) and Ceres (Agriculture).
THE FARM - BEST HOME OF THE FAMILY - MAIN
SOURCE OF NATIONAL WEALTH - FOUNDATION OF
CIVILIZED SOCIETY - THE NATURAL PROVIDENCE
THE OLD MECHANIC ARTS CONTROLLING NEW
FORCES BUILD NEW HIGHWAYS FOR GOODS
AND MEN OVERRIDE THE OCEAN AND MAKE
THE VERY ETHER CARRY HUMAN THOUGHT
THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE AND BLOSSOM
AS THE ROSE