May 10, 1998
The Washington Monument will reopen May 22 after the longest closure in its 113-year history, the National Park Service said. The 555-foot-tall obelisk, which offers a sweeping bird's-eye view of the nation's capital from its observation level, was closed Jan. 12 to modernize the visitors' elevator and install new heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. It will remain obscured by scaffolding during restoration work on its marble exterior, expected to take about two years.
October 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Visitors to Washington have seen the iconic Washington Monument don a blanket of scaffolding while it undergoes repairs from an earthquake. Soon they will see a similar look at the opposite end of the National Mall. For about two years the Capitol dome will be covered with scaffolding while it gets its first complete restoration in more than five decades, starting next month. The project, budgeted at nearly $60 million, is handled by the office of the architect of the Capitol, while the National Park Service oversees the Washington Monument's repairs just more than a mile away.
July 2, 2000 |
A counter-terrorism study commissioned by the National Park Service concludes that Washington's monuments, particularly those on the Mall, are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and that the federal police force charged with protecting them is understaffed and poorly funded.
August 12, 2005 |
Two very different musical events are planned for the nation's capital next month. On Sept. 11, country singer Clint Black will headline the America Supports You concert in support of the military and the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The concert on the Washington Mall will follow a Freedom Walk, sponsored by the Department of Defense, which will begin at the Pentagon and conclude by the Mall's Reflecting Pool.
November 16, 2011 |
The U.S. Secret Service is working to determine whether damage to an exterior window of the White House is linked to a Friday night shooting near the Washington Monument, after bullets were discovered at the presidential mansion Tuesday. The Secret Service's Uniformed Division, Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Park Police and other law enforcement agencies continue a joint effort to locate 21-year-old Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, based on evidence recovered from a vehicle found in the 2300 block of Constitution Avenue near the National Mall on Friday night after reports of shots fired near the Washington Monument.
April 5, 2013 |
Americans love big national parks in the West, seven of which made the 10 most visited parks in the country for 2012. More than 282 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2012, up 3 million from the year before, according to National Park Service statistics. And the least visited national park? Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve in remote southern Alaska, which claimed just 19 visitors last year. "No Lines No Waiting!" reads the park's website. Two California sites made the least visited list too, but more on that later.
October 5, 2011 |
The earthquake-damaged National Cathedral in Washington will reopen to visitors and worshipers Nov. 12 after spending $25 million on initial repairs. Officials at the Episcopal church warn it may take "tens of millions" of dollars more and numerous years to restore and fix the building. An online statement from cathedral officials says the need to stabilize parts of the building, including some towers, was why it took so long to reopen. But this building is used to long construction periods -- it took 80 years to complete after the cornerstone was laid in 1907. Where will the millions for ongoing repairs come from?