Flashback Friday – 9/30/2016

Welcome to the first installment of our new series called Flashback Friday. Every Friday we will post an old photo with a short blurb about the history behind the image. You will see history first hand through the eyes of those who lived it. Make sure to comeback next week for the next installment of Flashback Friday!

This week’s Flashback Friday features the Washington Monument circa 1860.

washington monument

Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Plans for the Washington Monument date back to 1783, but due to the lack of funding construction did not start until 1848. Work slowly pushed forward until 1854 when political turmoil and the Civil War halted any further progress. The project sat unfinished for 22 years until work resumed in 1876. Construction finally wrapped up in 1884 and was officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888.


To learn more check out this article from the National Park Service.

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