Where are the Watergate steps? Ask anyone and they would probably reply that the Steps are located at the Watergate complex, the site of the burglary that took down a presidency. Not so. The Watergate Steps (40 in all) comprise a graceful, 230-foot wide staircase ascending from the the Potomac River to the Lincoln Memorial, where the width narrows to 206 ft. The Steps were built in 1932 as part of the Memorial Bridge complex and were intended to be the grand river entrance for visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Instead, the steps were used for seating and accommodated as many as 12,000 people during outdoor concerts on the Potomac. The concerts ended in 1965 when the jet noise from airplanes flying to National Airport became too intrusive. Now, the Watergate Steps stand as another reminder of a vision unfulfilled in Washington.