Washington Monument Marvels in 19th Century Debut

A look at the contruction of the Washington Icon.

Construction of the foundation of the Washington Monument in August 1879.

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The Washington Monument under construction in 1899 in Washington DC.

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Washington from the monument, taken between 1906 and 1915.

This is the scene at the dedication on Feb. 21, 1885. The 555-foot shaft was then the highest structure in the world.