This is what the Lincoln Memorial looked like in its early days. This photo is from 1917, during construction of the memorial.

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Lincoln Memorial in 1917
Lincoln Memorial in 1917

Source: Library of Congress

Also, don’t forget to check out this post on the dedication of the memorial with Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd, in attendance.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • ronna

    wow!