On October 9, 1888, the Washington Monument officially opened to the public. The beloved monument to America’s first president attracts more than half a million visitors each year, and was briefly the world’s tallest structure.
September 18, 2013
On September 18, 1793, George Washington laid down the cornerstone at the US Capitol building, beginning a century-long construction project for the iconic landmark. The building’s history includes modifications to its design by several architects, a fire at the hands of the British Army, and use as both a hospital and barracks during the Civil War.