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Washington Monument through the years

Published On: May 12 2014 09:31:27 AM EDT   Updated On: May 12 2014 09:55:34 AM EDT

The Washington Monument is reopening to the public today for the first time since 2011. Take a look back at its storied history.

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The Washington Monument reopens to the public today for the first time since an earthquake closed it in 2011. Completed in 1884, it was created as a show of gratitude to George Washington, whom many call the country's most essential Founding Father. Here's a look back at its history:

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