National Geographic : 1934 Mar
@Donald McLeish AT THE CURVING VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, ALONG THE THAMES, THE AUTHOR BEGAN HIS VAGABONDING Like Washington's Potomac Park, this riverside area was formerly a marsh. The tall monolith, known as Cleopatra'sNeedle, once stood inHeliopolis, Egypt, and dates from 1500 B. C . Encased in an iron cylinder, it was brought from Egypt by Sir Erasmus Wilson and erected on this site in1878. On September 4,1917, the base ofthe monument was scarred by a German aerial bomb. A companion obelisk, also from Heliopolis, now stands in Central Park, New York.