During my research I took a little side tour and found some interesting things about the panels that decorate the interior walls of the monument.
As I advised in my earlier posts:
In 1849, funds had begun to dwindle. The Society began the commemorative stone program where states could donate engraved stones that would go on the interior of the monument. The program got a little out of hand as more folks got involved. Stones began arriving from territories, groups, organizations and even a few individuals.
The purpose of the program was to help all Americans feel a part of the memorial and more importantly to the society the stone donation program would cut the cost regarding the number of stones to be purchased.
So, I thought I would post some of the bits of information I found on 13 of the stones since it is Thursday, and it's been forever since I posted a Thursday 13.
1. The "Alaska" Stone was the last to be installed. It's made from jade and is said to be worth three million dollars.
2. The "Citizens of Stockton, California" stone is made from granite. The gold leaf on the letters dates back from the 1850s Gold Rush.
3. The "Michigan" stone is solid copper with a sterling coat of arms and lettering that costs around $1,000 in 1852.
4. The "Nashville" stone was carved by William Strickland, the architect of the state capitol in Tennessee and who is actually buried within the walls of that building. I'm glad he didn't make the same request for the Washington Monument.
5. The "Arizona" stone is actually fashioned from three different petrified tree trunks. Why? Well, Arizona is home to the Petrified Forest National Park.
7. The "Turkey" stone represents one from several countries who wanted to take part in honoring George Washington. Turkey was one of the first nations to establish trade with the United States.
8. The "Association of Journeymen Stonecutters" stone is fashioned from Pennsylvania marble. It was designed by Stephen G. Cartlidge who was 17 at the time.
9. There are two stones from "Georgia". I find it a little ironic that one says "The Union as it was - The Constitution as it is" considering the Civil War was just a few short years away.
10. It should be noted that future generations might not know who you are if you aren't very clear. Seriously, who are the S. of T. R. I.? This stone was donated by the Sons of Temperance of Rhode Island.
11. One of the few stones given by Native American groups was the "Anacostia" stone.
12. I don't know about you, but there's just something about the "Kansas" stone I like.
You can look through all of the stones here.
You can visit the Thursday 13 blog hub here.