Friday, September 2, 2011
Monument to the First President
Fittingly, it's not as grand as the Washington Monument, rising to 351 feet, compared to more than 555 feet. It's also made of poured concrete instead of cut stone. Yet, it's imposing enough to give travelers pause if they're not expecting it. It was completed in 1924, 80 years after completion of the Washington Monument. One has to conclude it was patterned after the Washington Monument, albeit working with a smaller budget. And there was no longer a capital city in which to place it.
One of the great ironies of the U.S. Civil War was that the presidents of the warring nations were both born in Kentucky, only 8 months and 100 miles apart. Abraham Lincoln, the younger of the two, was born in Hodginville. Both men had risen to prominence in other states before being selected to lead their nations.