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an obelisk built in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, that stands in Washington, D.C. near the Potomac River
The Washington National Monument Society began raising fund for erection of a monument honoring George Washington in 1833. A design by Robert Mills was accepted, and the federal government approved the project. The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848, with the same trowel Washington has used to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol, but engineers found the ground at the original site too soft and moved the site to the north. Although donations came in from people, companies and nations around the world, the Society was unable to maintain financing, and construction of the monument would start and stop over and over again until Congress voted in 1876 to finish the project at government expense. Actual construction finally began in earnest on August 17, 1880, and was completed on December 6, 1884; it was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
Facts and Figures
Height 555 feet 5-1/8 inches
The outside of the walls are covered with white
marble from Maryland.
Number of Steps to Observation Deck 898
Total Cost $1,187,710.31
The official website is www.nps.gov/wamo.
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