The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a memorial to George Washington, first President of the United States. Its construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84--the Civil War and a lack of funds causing delays. Finally after many problems The Corps of Engineers of the War Department was placed in charge of the final construction, and the monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
Weighing 90,854 tons, the Washington Monument stands 555' 5-1/8 tall. The walls of the monument range in thickness from 15' at the base to 18' at the upper shaft. They are composed of white marble from Maryland and Massachusetts, underlain by granite, the whole supported by interior ironwork. A slight color change is perceptible at the 152' -level. A flight of 897 steps rises to the observation area in the pyramidion. Inserted into the interior walls are 192 carved stones presented by individuals, societies, cities, States, and nations of the world. An elevator takes visitors to the top, where they can gaze over the city from the monument's windows.
Inside the monument, you could see everything. There are diagrams above each window to show you all the things you can see from that view. You are so far up that you can see a long way. You will want to get your free tickets early in the morning.
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