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1877 view of the Washington Monument under construction as seen from the Tower of the Smithsonian (now the Smithsonian Castle)

Washington Monument Construction Photo From 1877

Many of you know that the Washington Monument sat unfinished for decades, an eye-sore of a stump on what would become the National Mall. Here is what it looked like in 1877, as seen from the Smithsonian Castle, so you’re looking west towards the Potomac. Source: National Park Service

Washington Monument in 1928

Beautiful Washington Monument in 1928

This stunning old photo of the Washington Monument was taken in 1928. Click on it for even more incredible details. Source Library of Congress

Robert Mills's original design for the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument’s Original Design

This print shows Robert Mills’ original design for the Washington Monument, clearly a far more elaborate and ornate version of what we have today. Source: Library of Congress

Two girls view the cherry blossoms at night from the Tidal Basin, undated, Scurlock Studio. Scurlock Studio Records, c. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Neg. no. 2008-4935.

Best Night Cherry Blossom Washington Monument Photo Ever

How great is this old photograph of the cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument? We dug this old photo up in the Smithsonian Archives. It was taken some time in the 1940s or 1950s. Source: Smithsonian Archives

Washington Monument from above

Man Leaps to Death From Washington Monument

This is a morbid story from The Baltimore Sun, printed on March 10th, 1923. What is extremely striking is how graphic the depiction was back then. Washington, March 9.–For the first time in the 35 years that the Washington Monument has been completed a man today hurled himself from the top of the shaft to instant […]

Washington Monument

Help Identify Date of Washington Monument Photo

Okay GoDCers, here’s a challenge for you. Ken sent this in a while back and wanted some assistance on dating this photo. He’s guessing sometime in the 1920s, but maybe someone out there in our community will have a more precise estimate.

1936 view of the Mall

1936 View of the National Mall

What a great photo from 1936. This shows the National Mall as viewed from the Capitol. Source: Cornell University Library

Washington Monument from above

Tip of the Washington Monument

You’ve probably seen amazing views of the Washington Monument like this: or maybe like this (and if not, then here it is for the first time!): But you probably haven’t seen the very tip of the Washington Monument. Here is an amazing, high resolution, image of the aluminum cap of the Monument.

Photograph shows lights beaming from the top of the Washington Monument at night, also large lights on the ground, directed up, illuminating the sides.

Amazing Washington Monument Photo From 1921

Holy awesome photo. This one was labeled as the Washington Monument on Armistice Night, November 25th, 1921. We posted another Armistice-related photo a while back, but this one beats it. What a terrific photo, and a vastly different Washington Monument than this one, used as a slaughterhouse and beef depot, before it was completed. Source: […]

digging the Washington Monument foundation

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. Source: Digital History Project

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