Dupont Circle is a historic and hip neighborhood with a park encompassed by a traffic circle at its center. It was actually part of city planner Pierre Charles L'Enfant's plan for Washington, but it wasn't full developed until after the Civil War. Initially called Pacific Circle, Congress renamed it in 1882 in honor of Civil War Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont. Like nearly all memorials at the time, it was bronze statute of his likeness. But times changed and not everyone appreciated it, including members of his own family.