The Washington Monument is one of the most iconic features of Washington, DC. It stands over 555’ tall and weighs over 81,000 tons. It was the tallest structure in the world from 1884 until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was completed. Created to honor George Washington, plans for the monument began before he was even elected president. Originally, the monument was intended to be a pantheon temple with the obelisk rising from the center, but that changed during construction of the project. Washington scrapped the plans during his presidency because federal funds were tight and he didn’t want to use public money for the project. It wasn’t until a group of private citizens began collecting funds for the monument that construction began in 1848. Take home this mini puzzle version today to celebrate one of the most stunning features of our nation’s capitol.
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