Washington Monument reopens
by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/20/19, 11:36 am
For the first time in three years, visitors can ascend to the observation deck of the 555-foot-5-inch Washington Monument. After being closed to the public off and on for eight years, the tallest monument in Washington, D.C., reopened on Thursday. First lady Melania Trump attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Why did it close? Officials shut down the monument after an earthquake in 2011 left cracks in the stones near the top of the obelisk. It reopened in 2014, but the National Park Service had to close it again two years later after a series of elevator breakdowns. Officials also took the opportunity to upgrade security systems.
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Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.