I was first proposed in 1783.
My plans weren't adopted until 1832.
My cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848.
Political quarreling interrupted my construction several times in the 1850s.
My construction ceased entirely during the Civil War.
From 1859 to 1879, I sat undisturbed but only one-third completed.
I am made of marble from two different quarries, so my bottom third is slightly lighter than the rest of me.
I am now 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches tall, and nothing in my vicinity will ever be built taller. Why?
On December 6, 1884, a 100-ounce aluminum crown was placed on me. Why?
Some sources say that I was dedicated on this day in 1885. Other sources have me being dedicated on February 22, 1885, which would be more logical. Why?
I opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
When I was built, I was the tallest building in the world.
I am still the tallest stone structure in the world.
I have 897 steps and 50 landings, but you can no longer walk to the top of me. Why?
I was held hostage for ten hours on December 8, 1982. By whom, and why?