[li]The Washington Monument in DC is actually a large penis. It is a symbol from the ancient world. (Compare this.)[/li][li]Thomas Jefferson would have never approved of his monument. He against things like fame. In fact, he didn’t even want people to know his birth date.[/li][li]Mount Rushmore is really a testament to a racist man’s dream.[/li][li]Arlington National Cemetary came about when the U.S. government wanted to literally bury service men in some Confederate widow’s backyard (my father and I heard this on a tour of Arlington Cem. we took in Summer 1998).[/li][li]White is not the original color of the White House. It was painted white after the British set it on fire in the War of 1812. White House also isn’t the original name. “Executive Mansion” was its official name before President Theodore Roosevelt.[/li][/ul]
Well, that’s all I can post for now. Does anyone else know any shocking facts about U.S. monuments?
they buried civil war dead in general lee’s backyard. the idea was that lee would never be able to live there without seeing the men his army killed. unfortunatly the idea had a rather dark ironic turn as the man who made the decision to bury the troops there ended up burying his own son there.
Technically true, but it was popularly referred to as “the White House” pretty much from the start. (And actually “Executive Mansion” seems to have come in around 1850, with “President’s House” vying with “the White House” before then.)
Who was your tour guide, and how long had they been on the job?
Arlington was Robert E. Lee’s estate. After he became general, the U.S. government demanded taxes on the property for the previous fiscal year, when Virginia had still been a Union state, and further insisted that Lee pay them in person or send Mrs. Lee. Nothing doing, he said, and let them have the property instead.
The burial of Confederate soldiers at Arlington was meant to be an insult, but after General and Mrs. Lee had both died, and tempers had cooled down, the U.S. government gave their son 150,000 in reparations and later dedicated Arlington House to General Lee’s memory.
I’m amazed that the tour guide didn’t tell you this. It’s an interesting story—you can read more about it here. “Some Confederate widow”, indeed. That’s what I call a “shocking fact”: that tour guides are passing off glurge as history.
After the war, Lee lived at 707 E. Franklin Street in Richmond. I walk by it every day on my way to work, and the house has recently been renovated to house the offices of the VA Homebuilders Association.
After being named President of Washington College, he moved to Lexington.
The Brooklyn Bridge is some prime real estate for a very good price to the buyer. True, it isn’t a “national monument”, but one cannot afford to pass up this great offer on such a historic piece of real estate. I should know–I bought it just the other day.