George Washington, Graffiti Artist

Did you know that our Founding Father, George Washington, was a tagger?

In 1750, George Washington, then a young surveyor, painted his initial "G.W." and surveyor's cross on the cliff of Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Source: the 1976 PSA Graffiti: Fun or Dumb - via Juxtapoz Magazine


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He was also the only sitting US President to personally lead Federal troops in the field. Against US Citizens. To put down a Tax Protest.
http://www.ttb.gov/public_info/whisky_rebellion.shtml

Oh well. I guess he couldn't have been all bad.
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How neat! My wife and I were just at Natural Bridge a week ago. I took a Photosynth photo from almost the same spot as the photo above.
http://www.photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=eb12d1b5-fe4b-4d53-814c-109ee114de72
We saw the carved surveyor's markings, but didn't realized George Washington's involvement until we got back to the gift shop and I read about it on the back of a postcard. Thanks for posting this. It's a very interesting and beautiful place.
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I have been to Natural Bridge and it is very pretty there. Washington didn't paint his initials, he carved them into the rock, as many others did.
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