|80 feet high and 180 feet across the base, granite from Vermont, Minnesota and Alabama|
We literally saw this memorial from the road as we were driving through and pulled off to see what it was about. Upon entering the visitor center we learned we could go out and tour the inside so of course that is what we did, even though it meant braving a frigid Midwestern winter wind.
Near the 150th anniversary of the revolution, President Calvin Coolidge designated the commission to start the design and construction of the memorial, but it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who dedicated it by the time it was finished.
I really like the bronze framing the doorway but could not find any information about its design or intended significance. The whole thing is pretty cool, but Cory liked the dragons on the heat registers under the marble rotunda seat all the way around the room the best I think.
|Indiana limestone and marble from France|
Outside on the grounds there is still quite a bit to see, and I braved the wind and jogged across the grounds to get a better look at the Lincoln Memorial Bridge too. It was built in 1936, the same year the GRCNHP was dedicated, and is said to mark the point where Abraham Lincoln crossed the Wabash River on his way to Illinois in 1830. The pylons caught my eye when we drove across the bridge because they have Native American chiefs carved into them by French artist Raoul Josset.
|Lincoln Memorial Bridge and Wabash River in background|
Vigo's will stated that he wanted a bell for the Vigo County Courthouse purchased. We didn't see the bell, but when we stopped in Terre Haute we did see the courthouse!