October 9 1888 CE – The Washington Monument Opens to The Public

October 9 1888 CE – The Washington Monument Opens to The PublicRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The tallest stone structure in the world and one of its most recognizable, the Washington Monument welcomed its first official visitors when it opened on October 9, 1888. More than forty years after the project began — through budget issues, political wrangling and the Civil War — the 555-foot-tall obelisk welcomed curious tourists hoping for a view of Washington, DC. In the years following the American War for Independence, the idea of honoring George Washington in some formal way came from many corners. After the soldier from Virginia marshaled the ragtag army […]