Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Washington Monument (CLOSED)

The Washington Monument will remain closed for repairs until 2014, National Park Services said Monday.

The 555-foot-tall monument has been closed since an earthquake struck the mid-atlantic region near Richmond, Virginia, in August 2011.  

The monument usually has 700,000 visitors a year.  David Rubenstein, co-founder of the investment firm The Carlyle Group, has donated $7.5 million toward the repair project.

The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 and has been repairs three time previously, the most recent work done from 1997 to 2000.

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