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  Ben's Guide (3-5): Statues and Memorials -- The Washington Monument
Fifty flags surround the base of the Washington Monument and symbolize the 50 states of the Union.
The cornerstone for the monument was laid on July 4, 1848, and the monument was opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
Inserted into the interior walls of the monument are 188 carved stones presented by individuals, societies, cities, states, and nations of the world.
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  Washington Monument - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 and was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death, due to lack of funds and the intervention of the American Civil War.
Washington remained ever mindful of the ramifications of his decisions and actions, for he was a consummate statesman.
Excavation for the foundation of the Washington Monument began in the spring of 1848.
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 Washington Monument (Baltimore) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The glorification of Washington began long before his death in December 1799, and the dedication of a memorial in his honor seemed certain.
In 1811, the first of six lotteries, authorized by the Maryland General Assembly, was held, eventually raising enough funds to construct a Washington monument in Baltimore.
The white marble monument rises 178 feet and consists of three main elements: a low, rectangular base containing a museum; a plain, unfluted column; and, atop the column, a standing figure of Washington.
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 Washington Monument - MSN Encarta
Located in Washington, D.C., at the western end of the National Mall, this four-sided stone structure honors George Washington, the first president of the United States (1789-1797).
The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848, with the same trowel Washington used in 1793 to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building.
The monument was completed in 1884, dedicated on Feb. 21, 1885, and opened to the public in 1888.
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 History and facts of the Washington monument
Washington helped define the role of the presidency and the course of the fledgling democracy, the first of its kind.
The Society resolved to erect a monument "Whose dimensions and magnificence shall be commensurate with the greatness and gratitude of the nation which gave [George Washington] birth [and] whose splendor will be without parallel in the world." The Society soon began a fund-raising campaign to construct the monument.
To aid in the process of building the monument, the Society invited civic groups, nationalities, states, and private organizations to donate commemorative stones to be placed in the interior walls surrounding the stairwell.
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 Washington Monument - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Washington Monument is a large white-colored obelisk in the center of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built as a memorial to George Washington, the first President of the United States and the leader of the revolutionary Continental Army, which won independence from the British following the American Revolutionary War.
The Washington Monument is reflected in the Reflecting Pool, an edged rectangular pool extending eastward in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial.
The Reflecting Pool, National World War II Memorial, and United States Capitol, and Washington Monument are visible in the background.
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 Washington Monument Summary
The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 and was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death, due to lack of funds and the intervention of the American Civil War.
The Washington Monument reflection can be seen in the aptly named Reflecting Pool, a rectangular pool extending westward in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial.
For ten hours in December of 1982, the Washington Monument was "held hostage" by a nuclear arms protester, Norman Mayer, claiming to have explosives in a van he drove up to the Monument's base.
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 Explore DC: Washington Monument
Washington himself approved the general site of the monument, as Congress designated that an equestrian statue of the Revolutionary War hero be built in the new capital in 1783.
The stark beauty of the Washington Monument, particularly at night, is one of the glories of the capital city, and moved poet Robert Frost to pen the poem, "The Diver."
In 1901, the steam-powered elevator in the Washington Monument was replaced by an electrical one, which could run from the base to the top in five minutes carrying 35 passengers.
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 Washington Monument State Park History
Rising majestically to a height of 34 feet, the tower was built by the citizens of the village of Boonsboro.
In the ensuing years, the Washington Monument became a popular meeting place, but over the years, weather and vandalism reduced it to a pile of rubble.
Washington Monument State Park is located in Washington County, 4 miles east of Boonsboro, off Alternate Route 40.
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 Today in History: December 6
The privately-funded organization laid the monument's cornerstone on Independence Day, 1848, in Washington, D.C. For 20 years, lack of funds and loss of support for the Washington National Monument Society left the obelisk incomplete at a height of about 156 feet.
Washington Monument at Sunset, between 1920 and 1950.
Day and night, spring through winter, the Washington Monument is a focal point of the National Mall and a center of celebrations including concerts and the annual Independence Day fireworks display.
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 The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument was designed by Robert Mills in 1838, to follow the form of an Egyptian obelisk.
The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 and was not completed until 1884, due to lack of funds and the intervention of the Civil War.
The monument underwent renovation from 1997 to 2000.
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 Washington Monument
George Washington was a commander of the continental army in 1775.
The Washington Monument is 169m (555 ft) high and is one of the tallest structures in the world.
The Washington Monument was built to honor George Washington, the first president of the United States.
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 CNN - TravelGuide - Washington Monument reopens after four months - Feb. 22, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- For the first time in four months, visitors were able to enjoy the view from the observation deck of the Washington Monument, which reopened Monday -- George Washington's birthday -- although work to clean and repair the 114-year-old landmark's marble walls continues behind metal and fabric scaffolding.
While the scaffolding allows the monument to remain visible throughout the restoration, it obscures the view from the observation tower a bit.
Meanwhile, work also is nearing completion on the monument's first-ever interpretative center, which uses sections of the scaffolding to frame display panels focused on the life of the first president.
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 Washington Monument — FactMonster.com
After Washington's death in 1799, plans for a memorial were discussed but none was adopted until 1832, when the private Washington National Monument Society was formed.
The monument underwent renovation from 1997 to 2000.
Washington Monument - Washington Monument Construction of this magnificent Washington, DC, monument took nearly a century...
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 Washington Monument
Washington Monument was designed in recognition of our very first president, George Washington.
Mills had designed the monument in such a manner so that it would be similar in form to an Egyptian obelisk.
Washington Monument had begun being built in 1848 on July 4th, but wasn't publicly opened until October 9, 1888.
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 The Washington National Monument in Perspective
After studying the remnants of many of the great monuments of the world--their dimensions, geometry, alignments, coordinate positions etc., I have concluded that there is more to the builder's art than the mere fashioning of stone.
Because the Washington Monument is patterned after the form of Egyptian Obelisks, it is circumstantially linked to the tradition of ancient architects.
Another referent to the number 10 is found in the ratio between the period of a pendulum the length of the entire monument, and the period of a pendulum the length of the height of the pyramidian.
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 Monuments & Memorials -- Washington Monument
The Washington Monument, built at intervals between 1848 and 1885 with funds from public subscriptions and Federal appropriations, memorializes George Washington's achievements and unselfish devotion to principle and to country.
The trowel used by Washington at the laying of the cornerstone of the Capitol in 1793 was used on this occasion.
The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
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 Washington Monument
The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a memorial to George Washington, first President of the United States.
The walls of the monument range in thickness from 15' at the base to 18'' at the upper shaft.
Normal hours for the Washington Monument are 9:00am to 4:45pm, tickets are required and can be purchased in advance for a fee by calling 1-800-967-2283 or over the internet at http://reservations.nps.gov.
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 Washington Monument — FactMonster.com
After Washington's death it was taken up again, and a number of false starts and changes of design were made.
Work was resumed in 1880, and the monument was completed in 1884 and opened to the public in 1888.
Washington Monument - Washington Monument Washington Monument, obelisk-shaped tower, 555 ft 5 1/9 in.
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 Washington Monument
The monument is over 555 feet high and measures over 55 feet along each of its four sides at the bottom.
The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848, with the same trowel that Washington had used to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol in 1793.
The monument was dedicated in 1885 and opened to the public in 1888.
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 The Washington Monument
On January 6, 1810, the Maryland legislature authorized a lottery to raise funds for the monument in response to a citizen's petition circulated in December 1809.
Mills suggested that Washington's resignation of his commission at Annapolis would provide another appropriate subject for a relief sculpture, since he wished to emphasize the participation of Maryland in revolutionary era events and to laud the patriotism of its citizens in raising the monument.
One major change in the monument was the substitution of a standing figure for the quadriga, since Washington was to be depicted resigning his commission at Annapolis On May 16, 1816.
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 Washington Monument
The walls of the Monument are made of Marble that came from ____________ and _____________.
The Washington Monument was built at intervals between the years of ________ and _________.
Washington was able to stop attempts to have a monument in his honor constructed while he was alive.
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 The Washington Monument
On January 6, 1810, the Maryland legislature authorized a lottery to raise funds for the monument in response to a citizen's petition circulated in December 1809.
Mills suggested that Washington's resignation of his commission at Annapolis would provide another appropriate subject for a relief sculpture, since he wished to emphasize the participation of Maryland in revolutionary era events and to laud the patriotism of its citizens in raising the monument.
One major change in the monument was the substitution of a standing figure for the quadriga, since Washington was to be depicted resigning his commission at Annapolis On May 16, 1816.
www.rogershepherd.com /WIW/solution10/mills2.html   (1677 words)

  
 Washington Monument at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The monument was designed by Robert Mills, a prominent architect of the time.
The Washington Monument casts its reflection in the aptly named Reflecting Pool, a rectangular lake extending in the direction of the Monument from the Lincoln Memorial.
The completed monument stands 555' 5-1/8" tall, with exterior walls of white marble from Maryland and the interior ones lined with Maine granite.
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 Architecture of the Washington Monument - Washington, DC, United States of America
The stairwell wasn't finished at the same time as the outside of the monument, and the construction elevator had to be converted into a passenger elevator.
The grounds of the Washington Monument were used for drill practice by troops, grazing cattle, and a slaughterhouse.
In 1908 Charles Street, a catcher for the Washington Senators was the first person to catch a baseball thrown from the top of the monument.
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 Washington National Monument Society 1849
Walls of the monument are 15 feet thick at the bottom and 18 inches at the 500-foot level.
The monument's design was changed over the years and was finally modeled after the obelisks that the Romans brought from Egypt to Rome as booty.
The monument was constructed in two phases as funds allowed from 1848 to 1855 and 1878 to 1884 and cost $1,187,710 ($19 million today) to build.
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 Washington Monument
It was a well reported event in the metals world when the Monument was finally topped off in 1885 because the government decided to do it with a specially created apex cap made from aluminum.
And some were used as the "ore" for smelting that new metal, aluminum, which possessed the special properties the builders of the Washington Monument found so attractive.
While the cornerstone was laid in 1848 and the Monument wasn't completed and dedicated until 1885, it had become a symbol of what America stood for - the biggest, the best in the world - a monument not just to America's first president but to the ability of its citizens to meet engineering challenges.
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