West National Mall Monuments & Memorials Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map

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Washington Monument

The first official proposal to honor George Washington was announced in 1783. Congress wanted to erect an equestrian statue on the site where they convened. Pierre Charles L’Enfant identified the monument’s location in his 1791 plans for the layout of Washington, D.C., but the grounds couldn’t support the structure’s weight. Interest in a suitable memorial was rekindled with Washington’s death in 1799.

One proposal was to entomb Washington’s remains within the Capitol. The plan lacked financial support, and the president’s family rejected the idea. In 1836, the monument committee finally selected the design submitted by Robert Mills. The cornerstone of the obelisk was laid on July 4, 1848. Construction on the monument was delayed from 1854 until 1877 due to political infighting, the Civil War and a lack of funding.

In 1877, the Army Corps of Engineers was unable to locate an exact match to the stone previously used. A line, approximately 150 feet above the ground, denotes the point where construction was halted. When the 555-foot tall monument was completed in 1884, it was the tallest structure in the world. It is still the tallest structure in the District of Columbia and the world’s tallest stone obelisk. The capstone consists of a single piece of aluminum, a metal that was as valuable as silver at that time. The monument was dedicated in 1885.




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