The Washington Monument

Building the Washington Monument

Many monuments were made for the founding fathers during the Early National Period, and one of these monuments is the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument is located in Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument was designed and built by Robert Mills. Construction began in 1848 but did not end until about thirty seven years later. Construction was delayed because of the Civil War. The Washington Monument is a 555 and a half foot Egyptian obelisk. On February 21, 1885 the Washington Monument was officially completed, and was dedicated to George Washington.

Robert Mills

Robert Mills, who was an architect, created and designed the Washington Monument. He made the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., and it took about thirty seven years to make, and the process was a delayed because of the Civil War.

George Washington

The Washington Monument was built after/in honor of George Washington. George Washington was the first president of the United States. He also served in the Revolutionary War. He was born in 1732 and died in 1799. Many people thought Washington was a great president, and there are many other dedications to George Washington.

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