It wasn’t the first monument built in George Washington’s honor
Valerio Berdini/Shutterstock Construction of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. began on July 4, 1848, but the first Washington Monument was actually built near Boonsboro, Maryland more than 20 years earlier. According to the Maryland Park Service, on July 4, 1827 most of the town’s 500 residents lent a hand to build a 15-foot stone tower on a 54-foot circular base. Located atop South Mountain and part of the Appalachian Trail, where it still sits today, the monument was completed that September at 30-feet high.
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It wasn’t funded by the government (at first)
Michael Reynolds/Epa/Shutterstock Disappointed that the government never erected a monument of the first president, a private organization called the Washington National Monument Society was founded in 1833 to raise money and get the job done. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to solicit enough donations to finish the project, and construction of the monument came to a standstill in 1854.