Photos of Cracks in Washington Monument After Earthquake

This is one of the photos released today by the Park Police showing the cracks in the Washington monument. Below is another picture.

Of course, one of the favorite factoids that I share with visitors is the different color of the marble of the Washington Monument showing where the construction was stopped. Construction began in 1848 and continued until 1854. When donations dried up, the construction stopped. When construction resumed years later, the quality of the stone and work was so bad, marble was later removed. When construction resumed in 1879, it was impossible to find exact matches for the marble.

Personally, I think that they should leave the scar as one more interesting record of the monument. We all have scars to brag about.

44 thoughts on “Photos of Cracks in Washington Monument After Earthquake”

  1. Elaine, it is Pat Robertson who is cracked. It is way past time for him to retire and go to the house.

  2. TPMMuckraker
    Pat Robertson On Washington Monument Crack: ‘Is That A Sign From The Lord?’ (VIDEO)

    Television evangelist Pat Robertson suggested on Thursday that a four-foot crack in the Washington Monument caused by Tuesday’s earthquake might be a sign from God.

    “Ladies and gentlemen I don’t want to get weird on this so please take it for what it’s worth,” Robertson said.

    “But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power, it has been the symbol of our great nation, we look at that monument and say this is one nation under God,” he continued.

    “Now there’s a crack in it, there’s a crack in it and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention,” he said.

    “It seems to me symbolic,” Robinson said. “When Jesus was crucified and when he died the curtain in the Temple was rent from top to bottom and there was a tear and it was extremely symbolic. Is this symbolic? You judge.”

  3. I thought the monument had been destroyed in by a UFO too but then I’m sure it was toppled by the aliens in The Event.

  4. Woosty-

    I didn’t see the Chicago freeway underpass rust stain Virgin Mary on your video. I did like the fiery bird-flip though. Apparently God’s opinion of the veracity and integrity of our two most recent Presidents. Easily my favorite is the perfect cloud portrait of my very own dimpled….er….wrinkled ass.

    Speaking of wrinkled asses, I understand that George W. Bush will be interviewed on national TV on September 11th and that he has concocted a new story to explain why he sat in the school classroom on 9-11 for several minutes looking like a bug on a windshield.

    I assume this will be a tale of such courage and such nobility that he will be immediately sucked up to heaven where he will sit at God’s right hand and become God’s very own Foreign Policy Advisor.

  5. SwM,

    Have you ever looked at the Monument as a “symbol of America’s power or as a symbol of our great nation”? (from the Robertson link)

    I never have … its history is downright messy and doesn’t speak well of us … hell, The Know Nothings stole the marble block sent by the Pope … in my opinion, the Monument represents us at our worse … well, okay … almost worse … we reached new lows when the government officially sanctified torture …

  6. “Blouise,
    Can I offer my two cents… Philosophically, the party’s have reversed roles since the time they have come to existence…”

    Honey, I will always accept your cents … exactly, as you well remember the political operatives telling LBJ that he was going to lose the southern democrats if he kept pushing civil rights. Sure enough … they went over to the republicans, thank god. If they hadn’t the democrats would be the host upon which the teabaggers feed.

  7. “The Know Nothings joined with the Abolitionists which led to the success of the newly-formed Republican Party to end slavery.” (No Way)

    No way, No Way … revisionist history based on half truth … The Know Nothings <refused to take a stand on the issue of slavery.

    From link previously provided and fact checked on several other reputable sites which you can find for yourself very easily:

    “The Know-Nothing Party intended to prevent Catholics and immigrants from being elected to political offices. …

    The majority of Know-Nothings came from middle and working-class backgrounds. These people feared competition for jobs from immigrants coming to the United States. Critics of this party named it the Know-Nothing Party because it was a secret organization. Its members would not reveal the party’s doctrines to non-members. Know-Nothings were to respond to questions about their beliefs with, “I know nothing.” The Know-Nothing Party adopted the American Party as its official name in 1854. The Know-Nothing Party quickly grew in popularity in the North, where most recent immigrants to the United States resided. In 1854, Know-Nothing candidates even won control of the Massachusetts legislature.”

  8. OIL…..Our Interest in Libya…..

    OIL…..Our Intelligent Leaders…


  9. “The Know-Nothings …”

    you’re mean….learn the truth!

  10. NoWay,

    To speak ill of the civil war era Republican Party is to speak ill of the efforts to end slavery.

    Would the Republicans of anything to end slavery….or do they own businesses in localities that still use slave labor…I bet so….Where is KathyLee when you need her to speak…

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