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The Unfinished Washington Monument: From Eyesore to Beef Depot

Learn the surprising history of the Washington Monument before it was completed. From an eyesore to a beef depot, discover the unique story of this iconic landmark.
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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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