|Living History: General Washington|
President Washington established the concept of a 2-term limit on the U.S. presidency because he didn’t want to see the presidents become a monarchy; this is an important piece of U.S. history and helped shape the established leadership which still exists to this day (although the 2-term has since become law).
The monument was originally supposed to have a different design which would have included statutes surrounding the base of the monument, however the open space we currently see with American flags circling the monument was what was eventually decided.
|This photo was taken when the monument was closed to visitors due to damage created by the 2011 earthquake (link displays my photos showing progress in the restoration)|
Construction of the monument began in 1848 and over the next 10 years grew to be 156 feet tall. In 1858 the project was halted due to lack of funding. Fast forward to 1876 and President Ulysses S. Grant approved federal funding to complete the monument. The monument was finally finished in December 1884. A dedication ceremony took place on Feb. 21, 1885.
The Washington Monument stands at 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches tall and, when at the top, you can see a good distance in clear weather (I can't say for sure, but I read somewhere a while back you could see 30+ miles). Being the monument can be seen from all over the District and points beyond, this is not surprising.
|In this photo you can see the line where construction had stopped in 1858. As the stone was taken from different sources, it weathered differently over the decades giving the monument a "two-tone" look.|