Of the many notable landmarks in Washington, DC, the Washington Monument certainly has to be most recognizable. Standing 555 feet 5 1/8 inches, it’s not only the tallest point within the city, but is also the tallest stone structure and stone obelisk in the world. Its cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848, but its capstone wasn’t set until December 6, 1884. Between the years 1854 and 1877, construction was put on hold due to lack of funds and the American Civil War, creating the change in stone color you may notice at about 25% of its height. It is currently closed to the public due to damage that occurred during an earthquake and Hurricane Irene in 2011.
While we enjoy the festivities that Independence Day has become known for, let us take a moment and be thankful for the revolutionary men and women who created this nation: the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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