Originally posted by ViolatoR
Someone else on here said that the Wash. monument was 555ft high, with 111ft in the ground = 666ft. If that's true it would be interesting. Anyways I
just wrote about the whole alignment thing in my thread about the Goddess Columbia.
However I left out Columbia's counterpart, Washington, because I was concentrating on the goddess. But if that's the best the secret forum can dish
up, then I'll pass.
Let's see where we can go with this.
Corner stone laid July 4 1848
Capstone set December 6 1884
Dedicated February 21 1885
Open to Public October 9 1888
Total cost 1,300,00.00
Height of Monument above floor 555 ft 5 1/8"
Height of shaft 500 feet 5 1/8"
Side of base shaft 55 feet 1 1/2"
Side of top of Shaft 34 feet 5 1/2"
Taper of batter of walls of shaft 0.247inch to one foot
Thickness of walls base of shaft 15 feet
Thickness of walls top of shaft 18"
Thickness covering slabs, pyramidion 7 "
Material used on face of shaft White Marble
Depth opf foundation 36 feet 10"
Area foundation (126 feet 6 inches square) 16,002 feet
Weight-Foundations 36,912 tons
Weight-Stone in shaft and pyramidion 63,933 tons
Weight-Monument 81,120 tons
Max pressure on underlying soil 9 tons per square foot
Pressure near outer edges of foundation 3 tons per square foot
Height above ground: 504 feet
Dimension (except east window! 18" by 3 feet
Dimension-East Windows: 2 feet by 3 feet
Memorial stones as of 1929: 187
I will have to scan this old book as it has all the dedication stones. Example 330 foot landing
1. Top of statue on Capitol
(The stone bearing this inscription is at the same LEVEL as the top of the statue on the United States Capitol.)