Part of our trip included research (sent by the Carolina Homeschool group leader, Dianna) on some of the monuments and memorials we would be seeing. This really helped make our visit special! So, I'm adding some of what we learned beside our photos.
Construction was started in 1848 and completed in 1884.
Construction was suspended for about 18 years because the money 'ran out' and the Civil War.
The walls are composed of marble and the color changes about one third of the way up. When construction resumed after the Civil War, the marble that they were able to get was a slightly different color.
The monument is 555 feet 5 1/8 inches tall. It is estimated to weigh 90,000 tons.
Along the stairs (which are no longer open to the public) you can view memorial stones contributed by various states, civic groups, private organizations, and others. On the way down the monument, the elevator slows at several places to allow a brief view of some of these amazing memorials.