According to History dot com the Washington Monument was dedicated on this date in 1885.  The monument was proposed by Pierre LeEnfant in 1783.  After Washington’s death in 1799, plans for a memorial for the “father of the country” were discussed, but none were adopted until 1832, the centennial of Washington’s birth.  It was designed by architect Robert Mills and the cornerstone was laid on July 4th, 1848.  Political quarreling stopped construction several times in the 1850’s and was stopped completely during the Civil War.  Finally, in 1876, Congress, inspired by the American centennial, passed legislation appropriating $200,000 for completion of the monument.  Although the monument was dedicated on this date in 1885, it wasn’t open to the public for another three years.  It is the tallest stone structure in the world and the tallest structure of any kind in Washington, DC.  The monument attracts over 800,000 visitors a year, when it’s open.  Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact February 21, 2022.