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The Unfinished Washington Monument Was Once a Beef Depot

"Beef Depot Monument" - 1862
Discover the unusual history of the unfinished Washington Monument. For years, it was used as a beef depot to slaughter cows for beef, and it wasn't until 1884 that it was completed. Learn more about its fascinating past here.
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Prior to completion, the Washington Monument was an eyesore, sitting as an unfinished stub. For some time, it was used as grounds to raise cattle and inside, they would slaughter the cows for beef.

"Beef Depot Monument" - 1862
“Beef Depot Monument” – 1862

Source: Library of Congress

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