By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 21, 2022) – In Issue 2022-035 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate President’s Day with a special moment in U.S. History.


The Washington Monument, located on the National Mall in Washington, D. C., was dedicated on February 21, 1885.  The cornerstone was laid 37 years earlier to commemorate first US President.

This iconic memorial stands at 555 feet in height and is unique in many ways:

  1. It is the world’s tallest obelisk;
  2. It is the tallest predominantly stone structure – mostly granite and marble, supported internally by ironwork, given that it is hollow inside;
  3. It was the world’s tallest man-made structure between 1884 and 1889, surpassing the Koln Cathedral then being surpassed in height by the Eiffel Tower.

Here is Cram’s unique view of the tallest man-made structures in 1888, with the Washington Monument leading the pack.

Tallest Buildings diagram – 1892 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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