The Smallest Unit in the National Park Service

The National Park System encompasses approximately 84.4 million acres. The largest unit is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska at 13,200,000 acres, and the smallest unit in the system is Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Philadelphia at just 0.02 acres.

301 Pine Street

The memorial is at 301 Pine Street. Not up on my Philly neighborhoods, so not sure if that is in Society Hill or Old City

Famous War Hero

Thaddeus Kosciuszko fought the Prussians and the Russians and is a national hero in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, in addition to being a hero of the American Revolution. Kosciuszko was commissioned a colonel engineers in the Continental Army. He laid out a superb array of defenses, nearly impregnable from any direction at Saratoga, which proved instrumental in the victory over Burgoyne and the British.


The memorial is the house that stayed at in 1797-98 after the third and final Partition of Poland had resulted in the end of the Polish Republic.

Today as part of the NPS system, firearms are banned from the house. So we know Eric won’t be visiting it any time soon. I wonder how Kosciuszko who took up arms in the cause of Liberty against three great empires would react to idea that guns were banned from his home.

Free Fire Zone

There is also a high point connection: Mount Kosciuszko (7,310 ft ASL) is the tallest mountain in Australia.

Biking back home I passed by the location (Spruce between 18th and 19th) where they are shooting the new Richard Gere – Dakota Fanning movie, The Benefactor . Didn’t see any stars, just a bunch of grips, gaffers and make-up people. There was a call out for extras, but I skipped that. I’d rather just ride my bike.

Segway Tourists

Total miles on bike: 27.8
2 counties (Delaware, Philadelphia)