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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to George Washington

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:30 AM

There are hundreds of monuments dedicated to George Washington. There are buildings that function as memorials, obelisks, buildings containing paintings and statues, and artistry in almost every medium used to honor our first President.

There are parks, bridges, schools, libraries and universities dedicated to Washington as well as geographic sites. The George Washington National Highway runs between Savannah, Georgia and Seattle, Washington. The father of our country is one of the most popular of subjects for American memorials.

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The Washington Monument is positioned prominently as an obelisk on the Mall in Washington, D.C. It's 555-feet tall and located on a 106-acre site. Congress approved a monument to be erected to Washington in 1783, but no plans were approved until 1832 when a private organization called the National Monument Society got things going.

They raised interest and money, and collected blocks of stone from all the states and some foreign governments. The cornerstone was laid in 1848 but political wrangling — and the Civil War — prevented its completion for 40 years. It was opened to the public in 1888.

You could arrange a Washington memorial tour starting in Baltimore, Maryland with the statue of George Washington in Druid Hill Park. The statue was constructed at the request of a Baltimore businessman, Noah Walker, and was placed in an alcove of his clothing business building. After his death, his family donated the statue to the city and it was placed in Druid Hill Park.

Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri was founded in 1853. Originally a college to educate local men and women, today it boasts more than 6,000 students, 35 percent of whom are multicultural and international students.

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Renowned for its medical school it is also a famous research university. The university's seal incorporates elements of George Washington's coat of arms in recognition of its namesake.

One of the most popular sightseeing spots in America is at South Dakota's Mount Rushmore where George Washington is one of the four presidents carved by Gutzon Borglum in his "Shrine of Democracy" sculpture.

The faces are about 60 feet high and extend 185 feet across the crest of Mount Rushmore. Borglum carved the monument "in commemoration of the foundation, preservation and continental expansion of the United States," according to nps.gov.

Mount Washington in Oregon is an eroded volcano in the Cascade Mountains that developed in the Pleistocene period. It's a great place for hiking and skiing. The beauty and easy access make it a popular route for people who want to experience the splendid summit views.

Mount Washington in New Hampshire was named for Washington in 1784 for his military victories in the American Revolution and before he became president.

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