The Washington Monument: Myths, Legends, and Facts by Robb MurrayHave you ever wondered how our country has been able to commemorate some of our nationís most famous people and events? Well, look around. History is among us. There are many buildings, structures, sites, and objects that have been preserved because of their significance to American history. In this series of Fact Finders books, the reader delves into the myths, legends, and facts of several U. S. National Historic Places and Landmarks: Mt. Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Alamo. Upon opening the book, narratives build the readerís prior knowledge about how these places and landmarks came to life. Bordered pictures of prominent people and events share the pages of each story. Dark-toned pages are set to gray and brown and look similar to painted walls. Throughout the book, interesting facts, descriptions, and definitions are inserted among the pages. Within every book are: a table of contents, glossary, index, and critical thinking questions based on the Common Core standards. Recommended books and websites are listed for additional information. History lovers and children ages 8 to 12 will enjoy discovering the history behind some of our nationís historic places and landmarks.
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2. The original design for the monument was much different than what ended up being built.
The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its birthday today. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution., Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.
It was built to commemorate George Washington , once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Standing almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial , the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss. Stretching meters feet in the air , the Washington Monument is the tallest thing in the city. It is also the tallest monumental column in the world if all are measured above their pedestrian entrances. The design was audacious, ambitious, and expensive, creating numerous complications during its construction. Construction commenced, but in , with the structure at about 45 meters feet high , funds ran low and work came to a standstill. By this time, architectural tastes had changed and ring of thirty meter foot columns and entrance topped by a statue was deleted from the plan.
After Washington died in , Congress considered building him a pyramid-shaped mausoleum to be housed in the Capitol rotunda; however, the plan never came to fruition. The group, headed by Chief Justice John Marshall, organized a design competition and eventually named as the winner architect Robert Mills , whose credits include the U. Treasury Building and the U. Construction commenced, but in , with the structure at about feet high, funds ran low and work came to a standstill. That same year, an anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic activist group called the Know Nothings became angry that Pope Pius IX had donated a block of stone from the ancient Roman Temple of Concord for the monument. They confiscated the stone and then seized possession of the monument project.
Located in Washington D. The construction began back in ; this building was made to pay tribute to the 1 st president of United States. However, it took a decade to finish this journey of accomplishment. Today, it stands erect as one of the most prominent buildings in Washington D. Go on and read the following interesting facts about the majestic Washington Monument:. The original design for the monument was much different than what ended up being built. Initially, the design for the Washington Monument was given by Robert Mills but later on, the building was consequently completed by Thomas Casey and the U.