Building the Washington Monument’s Foundation

These are two amazing images that we dug up on the Internet. The first shows the construction of a concrete foundation for the structure. The second shows the team digging down to make the foundation.

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Washington Monument foundation
Washington Monument foundation
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digging the Washington Monument foundation
digging the Washington Monument foundation

Source: Digital History Project

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  • Interesting that the view in the distance is so empty that it might as well be the Texas panhandle.

  • Tony Ross

    There’s a scene in Thomas Mallon’s novel “Two Moons” that describes the base of the monument as it is exposed. You can read the passage here: http://dcbythebook.org/listing/two-moons/#sthash.JgF6Xv0q

    Sounds like it was dug out at two different points in time.