Washington Monument: Stories And Facts You Didn't Know About America's Most Underrated Landmark

The first monument to George Washington was reminiscent of ancient Greece. (blinds.kent.ca)

On February 21, 1885, President Chester Arthur (remember him?) unveiled the Washington Monument. The iconic structure is now visited by more than 800,000 tourists each year and appears in just about every movie and TV show set in Washington, D.C., but how much do you know about the towering obelisk that was built to honor our first president? Did you know, for example, this it originally looked like that beefcake up there? Let's look at some of the things you didn't know about America's most underrated landmark.