Did you know that the Washington Monument is the tallest stone structure in the world?
That from the time the cornerstone was laid, it took 40 years, three months and five days for the monument to open? (The original marble became unavailable after a delay. This is why the monument changes color partway up.)
Or that it is now half an inch shorter than in 1884 due to repeated lightning strikes?
Find a wealth of fun facts like these in yesterday’s post on National Parks Traveler.