December 6: Washington Monument Completed
On this date in 1884, the capstone was placed on the Washington Monument, completing what was the tallest building in the world at that time. At 555 feet tall, the Monument is still the world’s tallest stone structure.
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Poem: "At the Summit of the Washington Monument"
“At the Summit of the Washington Monument” is a poem by Will Carleton. It was published on February 21, 1885, the day the Washington Monument was dedicated by President Chester A. Arthur. The poem is one of many in the Selected American and British Poems collection on the Lit2Go website. Duration: 6:13. Also available as a PDF.