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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; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/
Afternoon Traffic Jam (ATJ) host Lonnie Hill has been a part of the effort through those years and he is our latest News Maker.
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Lonnie speaks of the trails, tribulations and the rewards of Camping for Hunger.
One thing that all of us agree on is the effort would never happen without the support of this amazing community.
We and C-Cap thank you for that support.
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